Thank You Social Workers!


Thousands of social workers and supporters from the social work sector joined us for a special event on November 26th 2020 to say thank you to social workers for everything they’ve done this year; supporting communities on the frontline and helping people deal with the impact of social, economic and health issues in 2020.


This original event is available to view on-demand now. Inspired by our Social Work Stories project, it features heartfelt stories of experiences throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and how social workers have adapted their practice to support vulnerable people in these challenging times.


Thank you to all our generous sponsors for making this event possible and to everyone contributing their stories and reflections to this event.


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The event was hosted by TV and Radio presenter Judi Love and our Trustee James Rook, CEO at Sanctuary Personnel. It covers perspectives in Adult Social Work, Children’s Social Work, Mental Health Social Work and Student and Newly Qualified Social Work.


Featuring guest messages from several famous faces and a special practice improvement podcast, the event runs for around 1 hour and 15 minutes.


You can also see the latest blogs and follow us on Twitter @socialworkaward for more.


Thank you to all those doing essential work at this time. We acknowledge each and every social worker and the multi-agency teams for your commitment to bringing resilience and hope to individuals and communities – please keep safe and well.


The Social Worker of the Year Awards is a registered charity established in 2006 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of social workers, promote social work and incentivise individuals and teams in the social work profession to achieve excellence.






Sally Percival and Isaac Samuels from @TLAP1 talk about the importance of co-production in #socialwork and keeping in touch with those you support during the pandemic.

#SWA20 #beinspired

Lots of love from @AlisonHammond who sends this message:

"A massive shoutout to all the social workers who are doing a fabulous job in these very difficult times. I think you're doing absolutely amazingly." 🤗 #SWA20

"We're right behind you - every step of the way."

#SWA20 Corporate Sponsor @BASW_UK gives a massive shout out to all social workers during #ThankYouSocialWorkers

Mel John-Ross, Executive Director of Children's Services at Barnsley Council and Lead DCS for @OurCSWM

"Thank you for your continued dedication and committment to children, adults and families across our communities." #SWA20

"I do feel that social workers get forgotten. Celebrate the amazing work you do, give virtual hugs and praise, and keep yourself and others safe and healthy."

Hear from 2019 overall social worker of the year, Louise Pashley @RMBCPress ⬇️ #SWA20

Watch again! 'Thank You Social Workers' was broadcast on 26 Nov to 2,000 people, featuring #socialwork stories and recognising the bravery and #dedication of what you do 🙏

Thank you to our amazing sponsors, celebs and everyone else who made it happen. 👉