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Do you know a social worker or a team of social workers who deserve special recognition for the work they do and the positive impact they have on the lives of the people they work with?

The Social Worker of the Year Awards, open for entry until 24th July 2015, offers the ideal opportunity to highlight outstanding work. 

Heralded as the ‘highlight of the social care calendar’, over 350 social workers and directors of service amass to celebrate social work in the UK at the awards each year. 

This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday 27th November  at the London Lancaster Hotel and will applaud winners and finalists from 17 categories across children’s and adults services. 

We will of course be there in our capacity as sponsor of the awards. As we have done during previous  years, we will present the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year Award’; the winner of which is decided upon by a Board of Trustees from the winners of all the other categories. 

As we write, entries are coming in from across England, which will continue to gather pace the closer we get to the 24th July. 

Entering into the awards is a fantastic opportunity, not just in terms of recognising new practices, but it’s a great way to enhance social work career prospects and makes for a superb addition to the CV

Of course, an award win and even just a nomination in itself, means an immense amount to those nominated. It also doesn’t matter whether the person nominated is a locum social worker or is in a permanent social worker role

Nominees must simply be qualified and registered with the HCPC and be working a minimum of 816 hours per year directly with either children or adults.

In catching up with Brian Mitchell, who won Practice Teacher of the Year at the 2013 Social Worker of the Year Awards, here’s what he told us:

“Winning a Social Worker of the Year Award was certainly one of the highlights of my career. Attending the awards was also a real privilege; they are a great way to celebrate the fantastic work that social workers are involved in across the country. The more people that nominate the better, as it goes some way to balance the negative press coverage the profession sometimes receives.”

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