One of Barnsley Council’s social work teams has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of their outstanding work with children and families.
Barnsley Fostering and Assessment Team has been nominated for the Team of the Year, Children’s Services prize and will find out if they have won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London in November. The team is one of 93 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.”
The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
Annie Hudson, Strategic Director - Children's Services at award sponsor London Borough of Lambeth said: “This award recognises the very best teamwork in children’s social care. These teams have demonstrated that, through excellent working together, they make a discernible and very positive difference to the lives of the children and families. Reaching the finals is a really outstanding achievement and everyone involved should feel very proud.”
Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: This is great news for Barnsley and well deserved recognition for a great team. They work tirelessly to place children and young people in local families, providing them with stability when they need it most. They are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for Barnsley children and young people requiring care. I wish them the very best of luck.”
The awards were judged by leading influencers in the social work sector including Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers). People who have received support from social workers were also represented on the judging panel.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Media Partner The Guardian, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec HSC, Children’s Social Work Matters and the London Borough of Lambeth. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex (in partnership with Capita) as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.
Pictured are: (L-R) Joanne McIntyre, Stephanie Evans, Kerry Leach, Sarah Hubbard, Angie Riley and Debbie Pearson