Ministerial / Sector support
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by both the Department for Education and Department of Health.
We were delighted that the 2016 event was attended by David Mowat MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, who praised the event. He said: "I believe it's important to celebrate excellent social work and the dedication, passion and outstanding achievements of social workers across our country, who work tirelessly in the best interests of those they are tasked to help."
Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, has also described the awards as providing 'a rare opportunity to recognise the critical role that social workers play in communities across England'. They have also been praised by the Minister for Vulnerable Children & Families, Edward Timpson MP, who recorded an exclusive video message about the awards.
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 2016 we also welcomed three award patrons, Tim Loughton MP, Baroness Valerie Howarth 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 three years by joining our prestigious judging panel, very kindly taking the time to review some of the nominations we receive.