Social worker shortlisted for top national award
A social worker from Shropshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting vulnerable adults.
Lindsey Chapman, safeguarding practitioner at Shropshire Council, has been selected as a finalist for Adult Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards, and will find out if she has won at a national awards ceremony in London in November.
The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards Ltd charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake.
Lindsey is one of 11 finalists in the Adult Social Worker of the Year category, and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.
Lindsey was put forward for her work and approach with people who self-neglect and have hoarding behaviours. Lindsey has demonstrated an ability to promote a culture of personalisation, in which adults are empowered to make positive changes to improve their lives. Her approach has been commended as always being person-centred, and for being highly motivated, passionate and committed to her work. Using these skills, Lindsey has been able to effectively assist people to find their own solution and find the best outcomes for people.
The Adult Social Worker of the Year award is sponsored by Servelec and Richard Betts, Managing Director for Local Government, said: “
We are delighted to support this award which shines a light on exceptional social workers who are making a significant difference to lives of adults, often in very difficult circumstances, day in and day out. All the finalists demonstrate dedication, professionalism and passion – they truly are a credit to the social work profession.”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:-
“I am absolutely delighted that a member of our safeguarding team has been nominated for this prestigious accolade. Lindsey was put forward for her innovative work with adults who self-neglect and hoard, and has demonstrated to have made a real difference to people’s lives. I wish Lindsey all the very best at the awards ceremony.”
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and individual category supporters Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec, Children’s Social Work Matters and Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services. The awards are also supported by the councils in Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Sunderland, North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex.
For more information about the awards, visit www.socialworkawards.com
- The Social Work Awards Ltd is a charitable organisation seeking to improve the awareness, understanding and reputation of the social care sector. The registered charity number is 1144458.
- The Board of Trustees is made up of: Peter Hay CBE (Chair), James Rook (Managing Director, Sanctuary Social Care), Joanna Nicolas (Child Protection Consultant and Author), Ana Popovici (Director of Children’s Services, London Borough of Wandsworth), Rob Mitchell (Principal Social Worker, Bradford Council), Brian Walsh OBE (Chair, Camphill Village Trust), Jessica Beach (Principal Social Worker, Worcestershire County Council) and Gary Spencer-Humphrey (Senior Social Work Practitioner and AMHP, West Sussex County Council).
- The awards are open to qualified social work practitioners throughout England with a range of individual and team categories for those working in both children’s and adult services.
- The sponsors for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019 are as follows:
- Sanctuary Social Care – Headline Sponsors (Overall Social Worker of the Year, Best Social Work Employer of the Year)
- The British Association of Social Workers – Corporate Partner (Lifetime Achievement, Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year)
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Category Supporter (Mental Health Social Worker of the Year)
- Hampshire County Council – Category Sponsor (Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice)
- Bradford Council – Category Sponsor (Student Social Worker of the Year)
- North Lincolnshire Council – Category Sponsor (Practice Educator of the Year)
- Devon County Council – Category Sponsor (Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services)
- Sunderland City Council – Category Sponsor (Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services)
- UNISON – Category Sponsor (Team of the Year, Adult Services)
- Barnardo’s – Category Sponsor (Children’s Social Worker of the Year)
- Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services – Category Sponsor (Making a Difference)
- Essex County Council– Category Sponsor (Championing Social Work Values)
- London Borough of Lambeth – Category sponsor (Team of the Year, Children’s Services)
- Children’s Social Work Matters – Category Sponsor (Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker of the Year)
- Servelec – Category Sponsor (Adult Social Worker of the Year)
- Kent County Council – Category Sponsor (Outstanding Social Worker of the Year)
- For more information about the Social Work Awards, visit socialworkawards.com