Barnsley social work team shortlisted for top national award

A social work team from Barnsley Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting children and families.

The Children and Young People’s Team has been selected as a finalist for Team of the Year, Children’s Services, in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards and will find out if they won at a national awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake. 

The Children and Young People’s Team is one of six finalists in the Team of the Year, Children’s Services category.

The Team of the Year, Children’s Services award is sponsored by the London Borough of Lambeth and Annie Hudson, Strategic Director – Children’s Services, said: “This award celebrates a team which, by working together effectively and creatively, has made a significant difference to the lives of the children and families they support. All teams shortlisted champion social work values and should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Children) said: “We already know that we have a dedicated workforce who work well together to improve the services we provide for some of our most vulnerable children and their families.

"It is, however, fantastic for the team to be recognised on a national stage and to be acknowledged for their commitment to children and young people, which shines through every day. I wish them the best of luck for the final.”

Mel John Ross, Service Director, Children’s Social Care & Safeguarding, added: “The Children and Young People’s Team all work to safeguard our most vulnerable children in the borough.  I am delighted by this national acknowledgement of the valuable work that they do here in Barnsley.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Personnel; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and individual category supporters Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec, Children’s Social Work Matters and Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Sunderland, North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex.

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