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Sanctuary Social Care hosts prestigious awards ceremony to commend social workers

Sanctuary Social Care hosts prestigious awards ceremony to commend social workers 

Social workers from across the country were commended for their outstanding practice at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012, an exclusive awards presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Friday, 30 November.

Estelle Thain, who works in the Family Support Service at Peterborough City Council, was pronounced overall winner after triumphing in the Children’s Social Worker of the Year category. 

Speaking of her award win, Estelle said: “I am absolutely amazed to have won this award. We all work so hard on a daily basis that often, we don’t realise what we have achieved. Social work can be a very tough job and it is full of emotional moments, but what keeps you motivated is the thought that you are helping people and making a difference to their lives. This award is not just about me, it’s about changing the way that people see social workers. I see this as an award for the whole team at Peterborough.”

Estelle’s award was presented to her by awards founder Beverley Williams and James Rook, managing director of headline sponsors and awards organisers Sanctuary Social Care.

James said: “These awards are about showcasing the excellent and diverse work undertaken by social workers across the country. Estelle clearly embodies a social worker who goes above and beyond to support those in need and is making a significant difference to her local community. I’d like to congratulate Estelle on her achievement and I hope she achieves the recognition that she deserves.”

Sanctuary Social Care, which is the largest privately owned social work recruitment company in the UK and also directly delivers adult and children’s statutory social work, became involved in the Social Worker of the Year Awards in 2010 to support award founder Beverley Williams’ vision to improve national pride in the profession. Since this time, Friday’s event saw the Social Worker of the Year Awards take place at the Palace of Westminster for the second year running.

This year, a record number of entries were put before the judging panel. Estelle, who impressed judges with her outstanding dedication and commitment to vulnerable children and families, was one of thirteen winners during the ceremony which also saw an Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Award presented to Annie Hudson, from Bristol City Council for her bravery in allowing TV cameras to film her department in the BBC2 documentary & lsquo;Protecting our Children’.

The full list of category winners is as follows:

&middot         Children’s Social Worker of the Year – Estelle Thain, Peterborough City Council

&middot         Adult Social Worker of the Year – Ben Ross, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

&middot         Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year – Nicola Lewis, Birmingham City Council

&middot         Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year – Olivia Mason, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

&middot         Practice Teacher of the Year – Nicholas Barrow, Gloucestershire County Council

&middot         Team of the Year (Children’s Services) – Children who are Disabled Team (East), Dorset County Council

&middot         Team of the Year (Adult Services) – Safeguarding Adults Unit, Leicester City Council

&middot         Team Leader of the Year (Children’s Services) – Norma Barnes, London Borough of Islington

&middot         Team Leader of the Year (Adult Services) – Christine Jones, London Borough of Southwark

&middot         Overall Leader of Innovative Practice – Kim Lawson, London Borough of Islington

&middot         Best Social Work Employer – London Borough of Islington

&middot         Lifetime Achievement Award – Dorothy Bone, Portsmouth City Council

&middot         Outstanding Contribution to Social Work – Annie Hudson, Bristol City Council

&middot         Overall Social Worker of the Year – Estelle Thain, Peterborough City Council

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are organised by a registered charity with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the social work profession. The presentation was preceded by a debate about social work with judges of the awards and afterwards there was a tour of the Palace of Westminster before an evening reception held in the House of Commons.

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