Council in line for six Social Worker of the Year Awards

Positive changes in Tower Hamlets Council’s Children’s Services have again been recognised, with the council being shortlisted for six Social Worker of the Year Awards - including three in the same category.

The annual awards – which celebrate the challenging work that social workers do day in, day out and highlights their achievements – sees Tower Hamlets Council teams and practitioners shortlisted for:

  • Practice Educator of the Year
  • Team of the Year, Children’s Services (exploitation team, integrated children with disabilities team, fostering development team)
  • Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominations follow a ‘good’ rating by education and children’s services standards organisation Ofsted after its latest inspection of Children’s Services.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This national recognition by the Social Worker of the Year Awards follows on from our recent ‘good’ rating by Ofsted. It demonstrates that we have some of the most dedicated individuals and teams who are committed to delivering quality services for children and families in Tower Hamlets.”

Ninety four practitioners, social work teams and organisations from across England have been shortlisted this year in 16 categories across children’s and adult services.

The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in London in November, which is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector and recognises the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers, teams and organisations.

Peter Hay CBE, Chair of The Social Work Awards charity, which organises the awards, said: “Thank you to the hundreds of people who took the time to nominate in this year’s awards. Once again, the standard of entries has been exceptionally high, showcasing the life-changing work that children’s and adult social workers do every day. I’d like to wish all finalists the very best of luck at the awards, which provide a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate all that is great about social work.” 

The full shortlist can be viewed online.

Posted on Tuesday 8th October 2019