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This year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards are set to be the biggest yet, as 68 social workers and social work teams have made it as finalists across 15 categories. 

As headline sponsor of the awards for a sixth year, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of those working in children’s and adult services throughout England at an awards ceremony on Friday 27th November 2015 in London. 

It’s a unique event that highlights the success of the social work profession’s most innovative social workers, and one that we are proud to support. 

As expected, the standard of submissions was incredibly high, with entries received from 32 local authorities, four universities, several NHS partnerships and private organisations.

The full Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 shortlist is, as follows:

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

Stephen Field, Lincolnshire County Council
Fern Haward, Oxfordshire County Council
Sylvana Keenan, Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Cerrianne Evans, Sheffield City Council
Joy Manley, Cafcass

Adult Social Worker of the Year

Catherine Hilt, Rochdale Borough Council
Harprit Rai, Birmingham City Council Pauline Young, Durham County Council
Patricia Stubbs, Derbyshire County Council

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year

Stephanie Mills, Rochdale Borough Council
Nikki Gay, London Borough of Hounslow
Katie Stevens, London Borough of Barnet
Abbie Osborne, Southend Borough Council
Claire Mullarkey, London Borough of Ealing

Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

Aissa Rice, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (in partnership with Northumberland County Council)
Annabelle Austen, Hertfordshire County Council
Kate Moorhouse, Cheshire West & Chester Council
Elizabeth Spencer, Birmingham City Council

Practice Educator of the Year

Philippa Shoesmith, Essex County Council
Tracy Caton, Islington Council
Rob Hawley & Lisa Beris, Derby City Council
Emma Haistead, London Borough of Barnet

Student Social Worker of the Year 

Tonia Dubidat, University of Birmingham
Lisa Shaw, Manchester Metropolitan University
Helene Brown, New College Durham
Benn Vaughan, University of Cumbria

Principal Social Worker of the Year 

Wendy Hill, West Sussex County Council
Christine Bennett, Sheffield City Council
Rob Mitchell, Calderdale Council
Bernadette Johansen, Calderdale Council
Marion Russell, Cornwall Council

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

Claire Hunter, Kent County Council
Elizabeth Terry, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Shabnam Sharif, Birmingham City Council
Helen Pye, South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

Team of the Year – Children’s Services 

Bloomsbury Private Law Team, Cafcass
Assessment Team 5, Liverpool City Council
Special Guardianship Order Support Team, Essex County Council
Children In Care South 3, Essex County Council
Asylum Intake Team, London Borough of Hillingdon

Team of the Year – Adult Services

Adult Safeguarding Team, Bedford Borough Council
Accommodation and Support Team, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Supported Living Team, Derbyshire County Council
Community Offer Team, London Borough of Barnet
Gateway Team, North Tyneside Council

Team Leader of the Year – Children’s Services 

Adam Hall, Northumberland County Council
Janice Rainey, Northumberland County Council
Maureen Roscoe-Goulson, Suffolk County Council
Tracie Collins, Central Bedfordshire Council
John Platt, Fostering People

Team Leader of the Year – Adult Services

David Minto, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council
John Dhamrait, Derby City Council
Simon Murray, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council
Gian Saini, Birmingham City Council
Amanda Jones, Birmingham City Council

Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice 

Mid Older Peoples Community Team, Essex County Council
Divisional Based Intervention Team, Essex County Council
No Wrong Door Initiative, North Yorkshire County Council
Hospital Extended Services Team, Birmingham City Council
Adult Social Care Service, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Best Social Work Employer of the Year 

FosterCare UK
Essex County Council, Family Operations
Derbyshire County Council

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Val Thompson, Birmingham City Council
Margaret Bersey, Plymouth City Council
Anju Bhatti, Optalis
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anabo ashel , 06 October 2015, 03:01 PM
As an upcoming social worker am proud to hear such awards more so when geared to words promoting the different branches of social work . keep it up . I wish i could get to know how you work it out .
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