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"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."

Tim Loughton MP
Minister for Children and Families. November 2010

Thirty year social work career leads to national success

02 November 2010

A social worker from Wimbledon who has dedicated over thirty years of her career to helping children, families and older adults in need has been named Social Worker of the Year.

Davinia Miln, who currently works for Richmond upon Thames Council, was presented with her award at the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards, sponsored by Sanctuary Social Care, which took place in Bedford on Saturday 30th October.

Davinia turned to social work over thirty years ago after spending four years teaching in a London secondary school. She was drawn to the profession so she could gain a deeper understanding of the problems which were faced by many of the children she was teaching. After gaining her social work and counselling qualifications, she spent many years working in schools as a social worker before moving to work with Older Adults, specialising in Dementia care.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won this award; it’s come as a huge shock but I am really pleased to have been recognised in this way. Working in the social care profession is incredibly difficult at times, but it has definitely been a hugely rewarding career and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Davinia was nominated in recognition of her hard work, commitment and enthusiasm for her daily tasks. In addition to her ongoing front-line social work, Davinia has also been active within the local community and helped raise £25,000 for the restoration of the John Innes Park in Merton Park, Wimbledon.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded by independent social worker Beverley Williams in 2006 to give greater recognition for the achievements of qualified social workers. She said: “I am thrilled for Davinia. The standard of entries this year was incredible so it is a fantastic achievement to have been chosen as the overall Social Worker of the Year.”

James Rook, managing director of Sanctuary Social Care, sponsors of the awards, said: “These awards are about show casing the best work in the sector and we are delighted that Davinia has been recognised for her hard work and commitment to front-line social work.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is judged by an independent panel of senior social work practitioners. The prize giving event was attended by 300 sector representatives and took place on Saturday 30th October at the Park Inn, Bedford.

Thirty year social work career leads to national success

Photo Caption: Davinia collects her award from James Rook (L), MD, Sanctuary Social Care and Hilton Dawson (R), CEO, British Association of Social Workers