Suffolk County Council’s Child in Care Team nominated for Social Worker of the Year award


A Child in Care Team in Suffolk has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 because of their outstanding work with children.

The Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team has been nominated for the Team of the Year, Children’s Services prize and will find out if they have won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London later this month. The team is one of 81 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017.”

The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Olly Swann, Director of Children’s Services at award sponsor iMPOWER, said:

“This award recognises the best work in children’s social care and a team which consistently makes a positive difference to the lives of the children and families it supports. To reach the finals is an outstanding achievement and something to be very proud of.”

Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills at Suffolk County Council, said:

“We are delighted that The Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team has been nominated for this award. 

“We are proud of the team’s achievements and consistent support they provide to children and young people in the county. Members of the team have previously been recognised for their outstanding achievements, with Emily Tiplady-Ead winning last year’s ‘Children’s Social Worker of the Year Award’.

“Suffolk County Council prides itself on ensuring that all children and families are fully supported to achieve their potential and enjoy happy childhoods. The council’s Children’s services are currently rated ‘Good’ in all areas, following a recent Ofsted inspection. Their report highlighted areas of outstanding practice within the council’s Children In Care teams.”

The full Ofsted Pilot Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) report can be viewed on our website.

The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, iMPOWER, The Open University, OLM Systems and Community Care. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Calderdale, Bradford, Devon, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and Essex as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

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