invaluable service for vulnerable children and families and have increasingly become the country’s fourth emergency service.
Too often, they have not received the recognition that they deserve,
which is why I support the Social Worker of the Year awards and
hope to see these awards grow in status in the coming years."
Tim Loughton MP
Minister for Children and Families. November 2010
Ministerial visit for Social Worker of the Year
10 December 2010
The 2010 ‘Social Worker of the Year’, Davinia Miln, was invited to meet Tim Loughton, Minister for Children and Families last month (Thursday 25th November) to talk about her 30 year career in the sector, which has included work with children and families (including child protection) and Older Adults (specialising in dementia care).
Davinia, who lives in Wimbledon, was joined at the meeting by Beverley Williams, founder of the Social Worker of the Year Awards and James Rook, managing director of Sanctuary Personnel, which has committed to sponsor and grow the awards over the next three years.
Speaking about the meeting, Davinia said; “I enjoyed speaking to the Minister about my career and about some of the issues and pressures which social workers face today. I’ve worked in the industry for over 30 years and although it can be difficult at times, it has been a hugely rewarding career.”
Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said: “I want to congratulate Davinia on her long service and well deserved award. I was extremely impressed by her because she is an inspiring and dedicated professional whose commitment, enthusiasm and pride for her profession shine through the story of her experiences and challenges as a social worker.”
“Social workers provide an invaluable service for vulnerable children and families and have increasingly become the country’s fourth emergency service. Too often, they have not received the recognition that they deserve, which is why I support the Social Worker of the Year awards and hope to see these awards grow in status in the coming years.”
Beverley Williams, an independent social worker who organises the Social Worker of the Year Awards in her spare time, said; “With the support of the industry, Government and our sponsor Sanctuary Personnel our aim is to develop the awards and see them achieve the same level of support and recognition as the annual Teaching Awards.”
The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded by Beverley in 2006 to give greater recognition to the achievements of qualified social workers.
Photo Caption: (l-r) Beverley Williams (Founder of the Social Worker Awards), Tim Loughton MP, Davinia Miln (winner of the Social Worker of the Year award), and James Rook (MD, Sanctuary Personnel)