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Once again Sanctuary Social Care was delighted to be a headline sponsor at this year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards, founded by Beverley Williams MBE. 370 practitioners and high profile figures came together to celebrate the impactful work being delivered by social workers across the country with sixteen “inspirational ambassadors” taking home gold awards.


 
The prestigious ceremony endorsed by the Department for Education and the Department for Health took place on Friday 27 November, highlighting the outstanding work across a range of categories covering both adult and children’s services. These included prizes for Social Worker of the Year, Team of the Year, Lifetime achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Social Work and Overall Social Worker of the Year.

After winning Mental Health Social Worker of the Year earlier in the evening, Helen Pye, from South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, was also named ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year’ which we proudly sponsor. Selected from the gold winners of each category by the Board of Trustees of the Social Work Awards Ltd (the registered charity behind the annual event), Helen was chosen for her outstanding work in improving young people’s access to forensic mental health services. 

A member of the Focus Team for the Trust, which provides forensic child and adolescent mental health services, she was praised for the profound difference she has made to the lives of the young people she works with. 

James Rook, Managing Director of Sanctuary Social Care said: 

“Helen has everything we were looking for in our ‘Winner of Winners’ this year – an ability to positively transform services at the same time as doing excellent frontline social work on a daily basis.

“Being recognised on a national scale is an outstanding achievement not just for our winners but for all of our 68 finalists and I’d like to personally congratulate each of them. They had to fight off some stiff competition to be shortlisted so they can be extremely proud of everything they have achieved in their careers.”

Our congratulations go out to all the 2015 award winners listed below: 

  • Principal Social Worker of the Year - Rob Mitchell of Calderdale Council

  • Mental Health Social Worker of the Year - Helen Pye of South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership

  • Student Social Worker of the Year - Tonia Dubidat of University of Birmingham

  • Practice Educator of the Year – Rob Hawley & Lisa Beris of Derby City Council

  • Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice - Hospital Extended Services at Birmingham City Council

  • Best Social Work Employer of the Year - Cafcass

  • Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services - David Minto of Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council 

  • Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services - Maureen Roscoe-Goulson of Suffolk County Council

  • Team of the Year, Adult Services - Community Offer Team at Barnet London Borough Council 

  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services - Special Guardianship Order Support Team at Essex County Council 

  • Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year - Elizabeth Spencer of Birmingham City Council

  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year - Stephanie Mills of Rochdale Borough Council

  • Adult Social Worker of the Year - Harprit Rai of Birmingham City Council 

  • Children’s Social Worker of the Year – Joy Manley of Cafcass

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Anju Bhatti of Optalis

  • Outstanding Contribution to Social Work - Bob & Annette Holman

  • Overall Social Worker of the Year - Helen Pye of South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership


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