Student Social Worker of the Year


Lindsey Wanless

ORGANISATION: The University of Nottingham

AWARD(S): Student Social Worker of the Year


Lindsey’s final placement of her MA DipSW course was at a low secure psychiatric hospital. This was an enormous transition for her, with her previous experience being that of a front line social work assistant in children’s services. However, she prepared extensively for her placement and impressed her colleagues with her professionalism, so much so they found it hard to remember that Lindsey was a student.


She demonstrated an excellent ability to form a rapport with clients – she is open, honest and warm, while maintaining boundaries. She consistently went the extra mile supporting clients through court proceedings and ensuring their right to a family life was preserved, while highlighting and minimising previous safeguarding risks.


During the placement Lindsey took responsibility for her own learning, attending a number of training courses on various topics. She also supported fellow students and the judges feel she will do well as a mentor in her future career.


Although this was Lindsey’s first foray into adult services, her knowledge of Child Protection helped her formulate excellent risk assessment plans. She also engaged well with extended services, successfully made informed decisions, supported clients and carers and championed the social work perspective.


Lindsey is fab, she sorts things out, she’s amazing, brilliant, she’s good to talk to, she never lets you down and does what she can to help.

Service User

I can honestly say Lindsey worked at the level of a senior social worker from day one. She was a superb ambassador for the University and is a credit to social work. I feel honoured to have been part of the placement process for her.

Carol Colins, Lead Social Worker, Cygnet Healthcare

Lindsey stood out as a clearly highly competent student, one who engages well with other professionals, service users and her team. She’s inspirational.”

Maxine Fletcher, Programme Lead for Social Work, Oxford Brookes University

It was a privilege to work with Lindsey – she was like a breath of fresh air. She came to the service as a student but quickly became a valuable part of the team. I am sure she will succeed in the future as an invaluable social worker.

Dr Elizabeth Gethins, Consultant Psychiatrist


Clare Moggeridge, The Open University

Anneka Wright, Manchester Metropolitan University


Shanti Boafor, Kingston University and St George's University of London

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