Ministerial / Sector support
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by both the Department for Education and Department of Health.
Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, has described the awards as providing 'a rare opportunity to recognise the critical role that social workers play in communities across England' and we were delighted that the 2017 event was attended by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, who praised the awards.
They have also been praised by Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Care and Mental Health, who recorded an exclusive video message which was played at the ceremony.
The video messages show the support that the government has towards the social work profession and we are in regular communication with their respective offices to keep them updated with our plans for upcoming awards ceremonies and events.
In 2017 we also welcomed a new patron, celebrity chef and Government fostering ambassador Lorraine Pascale, who spent some of her childhood in care. She joined our existing patrons Tim Loughton MP, Baroness Valerie Howarth of Breckland OBE and Shadow Children's Minister Emma Lewell-Buck MP. Each patron is a champion for social work and social workers and we're delighted to have their support.
Meanwhile, the two Chief Social Workers, Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler, have supported the awards for the past four years by joining our prestigious judging panel, very kindly taking the time to review some of the nominations we receive.