Djamila scoops national award at Social Worker of the year Awards

Djamila Aggabi

Djamila (left) with Ann-Marie Brierley, Head of Safeguarding Children at award sponsor North Lincolnshire Council (Credit: CPG Photography/The Social Work Awards Ltd)

The valuable and outstanding work of a Tower Hamlets Council manager has been recognised at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019.

Djamila Aggabi, a social work team manager picked up the gold award for Practice Educator of the Year at the Social Worker of the Year Awards in central London on 29 November.

Djamila Aggabi said: “I’m delighted to receive this award which is a recognition of the commitment we have to excellent practice education, I have been privileged to support the next generation of social workers into this often misrepresented but wonderful profession."

The annual awards celebrate the challenging work that social workers do day in, day out and highlight their achievements.

In addition to supporting and mentoring social work students, Djamila  also manages the council’s edge of care service, which helps children to remain living within the family home safely and sustainably.

The judging panel was impressed with Djamila’s anti-oppressive approach to practice education, often giving students who may need extra support a second chance to build their confidence and develop their skills and knowledge.

Tower Hamlets was shortlisted for six awards across its children’s services and also reached the awards finals in the following categories:

  • Team of the Year  - Integrated Children with Disabilities Service; Exploitation Team and Fostering Development Team
  • Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 

Debbie Jones, Corporate Director, Children and Culture, said: “Congratulations to Djamila. This award demonstrates her commitment to delivering quality services for children and families in Tower Hamlets. I also pay tribute to all our finalists. Effective partnerships between our health, education, social care and voluntary organisations are an integral feature in our work and success.”

Posted on Friday 6th December 2019