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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 Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all newly qualified social workers with less than one year’s experience who have made a positive difference to the lives of either adults or children and families through their outstanding work. The entry should show how they have forged effective relationships, effected change and demonstrated resilience.

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Student Social Worker of the Year

This award is open to all university students studying social work who are showing outstanding potential in their studies. They will be able to demonstrate how they have surpassed expectations and have a thorough understanding of social work theory and practice.

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Team of the Year (including MDTs)

his award is open to all social work teams who have been able not just to continue through Covid-19, but to adapt and innovate. This is for the team who have made a big difference through their outstanding work in such difficult circumstances. The award is open to both Adult, Children and Families and Mental Health teams.

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Team Leader of the Year

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

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Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

This category is open to metal health social workers working in both children's and adult services. This award is for practitioners who excel in delivering positive outcomes for the people they support. Whether through create, compassionate or effective multi-disciplinary working, we want to hear from individuals providing outstanding support in a challenging and complex area.

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Social Work Employer of the Year

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

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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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Social Justice Advocate Award

This award is grounded in the IFSW 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 will be judged by people with lived experience of social work support.

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University of the Year

This award is for the University which is providing outstanding and effective social work education for its students, shaping the social workers of tomorrow into reflective, compassionate and resilient practitioners.

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Outstanding Contribution during Covid-19

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

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