Suffolk County Council’s Child in Care Team wins national social work award

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The Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team has won a national award at the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards.

The team was one of 81 finalists across 18 categories and received the silver award for Team of the Year for Children’s Services as a result of their outstanding work with children and their families.

The award was presented by celebrity chef and awards patron Lorraine Pascale in front of an audience of over 400 social workers and representatives of the profession at an exclusive ceremony which took place in London on Friday 24 November 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, making a positive difference to the lives of children and families.

The eleven-strong team work with children and young people aged 0 to 16, accommodating, undertaking extensive assessments within care proceedings, and achieving permanence for children either via reunification with parents and extended family, permanent fostering or adoption.

Several members of the team have been nationally recognised, including Emily Tiplady-Ead who won Children’s Social Worker of the Year at the 2016 Social Worker of the Year Awards. The judges praised the team for their strong management, positive outlook and creative working, often in challenging times.

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

“I would like to congratulate the Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team on winning the Silver Team of the Year award for Children’s Services at this year’s Social Worker of the Year awards.

“We are extremely proud of the work the team do and it’s fantastic that they have been nationally recognised for their achievements and consistent support they provide to children and young people in the county.

“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.”

You can read the full Ofsted Pilot Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) report (PDF, 196KB).

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).

Find out more information on the Social Worker of the Year Awards website.

Suffolk County Council’s Coastal and North East Ipswich Child in Care Team

Photo credit: Felicity Crawshaw