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Children’s Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all qualified social workers who have made a positive impact through their outstanding work with children and families.

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Adult Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all qualified social workers who have made a positive impact through their outstanding work with adults.

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Newly Qualified Children's Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all newly qualified children’s social workers (with less than one year’s experience) who have made a positive difference to the lives of children and families through their outstanding work.

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Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all newly qualified adult social workers (with less than one year’s experience) who have made a positive difference to the lives of adults through their outstanding work.

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Team of the Year, Children's Services (including MDTs)

This award is open to all multidisciplinary social work teams who have made a big difference through their outstanding work with children and families.

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Team of the Year, Adult Services (including MDTs)

This award is open to all multidisciplinary social work teams who have made a big difference through their outstanding work with adults.

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Team Leader of the Year, Children's Services

This award is open to team leaders or department managers who are responsible for children’s social work teams. Nominees must demonstrate clear leadership skills and provide evidence of how they have nurtured an effective working environment and improved service quality and outcomes.

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Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services

This award is open to team leaders or department managers who are responsible for adult social work teams. Nominees must demonstrate clear leadership skills and provide evidence of how they have nurtured an effective working environment and improved service quality and outcomes.

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Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to metal health social workers working in both children's and adult services. Whether through creative, compassionate or effective multi-disciplinary working, this award is for individuals providing outstanding support in a challenging and complex area.

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Social Justice Advocate Award

This award is grounded in the IFSW Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles. It is open to all social workers who demonstrate a commitment to challenging injustice, seek to equalize the position of different social groups and challenge discriminatory systems. This category is judged by people with lived experience of social work support.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

This award celebrates an individual who has dedicated their entire working life to social work and has consistently made a positive difference within their community.

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Student Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all students studying social work at Higher Education (HE) level, who are showing outstanding potential in their studies.

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Practice Educator of the Year

This award is open to social workers who are involved in mentoring and supervising students and newly qualified social workers. Nominees must be able to demonstrate how they have successfully coached and mentored students to develop their skills in social work.

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Supporting Children in Education Award

This award is open to social workers who have undertaken exceptional individual and/or strategic work to support children’s attendance at school during the Covid-19 pandemic. Social Workers supporting young people (up to 25 years old) with an EHCP are also eligible for this award.

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Digital Transformation in Social Work Award

This award is open to individual social workers, social work teams or local authorities which have sought to improve the lives of people with lived experience through the use of digital technologies.

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Supportive Social Work Employer Award

This award is open to any organisation within the social work profession which demonstrates excellent practice as an employer in supporting, leading and championing their social work employees.

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University of the Year

This award is open to all universities providing outstanding and effective social work education for their students, shaping the social workers of tomorrow into reflective, compassionate and resilient practitioners.

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Overall Social Worker of the Year

The ‘Winner of Winners’ The Social Worker of the Year Award's Board of Trustees will choose the Overall Social Worker of the Year from the individual category winners.