Awards and nominations for children's services social workers

See the social work awards our council staff have won, been runner-up or shortlisted for.

Social Worker of the Year awards

2019: Best Social Work Employer runner-up

silver best social work employer 2019

Suffolk County Council's Children's Services were awarded silver for Best Social Work Employer of the Year in 2019.

Suffolk was one of four finalists from a very strong field of local authorities. This is a great recognition of all the work we have done over the years to celebrate and promote good practice, not only in social work, but throughout all our services.

We will continue to promote and celebrate the very best practice so we can provide even better service for the children, young people and families of Suffolk.

LGC awards

2017: Children's Services shortlist

We were shortlisted twice in 2017 for the prestigious LGC awards in the Children's Services category.

One of our nominations related to our whole system implementation work and achievements on Signs of Safety and Wellbeing across the service, where we are recognised as leaders in this field.

Through implementing an ambitious and clearly articulated plan, we have worked with partners to create a more positive and sustainable experience for children and families, fundamentally changing the role of services from the fixer of problems to the stimulator of family-owned change.

Social Worker of the Year award winners

We are proud that our colleagues have been recognised with a national Social Worker of the Year award.

Emily Tiplady-Ead2016: Emily Tiplady-Ead

Emily Tiplady-Ead won the Children's Social Worker of the Year award in 2016 as a result of her outstanding work with children and their families.

Emily’s nomination discussed her ability to forge relationships with families who have been hostile and reluctant to deal with services.

In two cases highlighted as examples of her practice, she was able to build rapport with mothers ‒ one who was a care leaver, and another with substance misuse issues ‒ and eventually help enable their young children to return home to them. 

Emily’s approach has inspired respect within her team and beyond for being risk-sensible, as opposed to risk-averse, and always solutions-focused. The panel commented on her “absolute commitment to achieving the best outcomes for families”.

2015: Maureen Roscoe-Goulson

Maureen Roscoe-Goulson was awarded Team Leader of the Year for Children's Services in 2015.

Maureen is Suffolk's longest serving social care assessment manager. Her nomination highlighted the excellent track record in turning performance in teams, securing positive feedback from Ofsted and her significant investment in staff development and support.