A team of Liverpool social workers are up for a top national award.
One of the city council’s assessment teams has been shortlisted for ‘Children’s Services Team of the Year’ at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards in London on Friday 27 November.
The event 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.
The city has 194 children’s social workers supporting 1,000 young people in care, another 500 on child protection plans and a further 4,000 who require additional support.
Liverpool’s assessment team acts as a front door service, responding to referrals about children in need or at risk.
It is a highly demanding and complex field of work which requires varying levels of responses from the team and demands astute judgement and compassion.
The team work as one, assisting each other with caseloads and ensuring the needs of the child are at the forefront of all their decisions.
Councillor Roz Gladden, Cabinet member for children’s social care, said: “Our social workers do a tremendously difficult job day in, day out keeping hundreds of our most vulnerable young people safe and most of the time it goes unnoticed.
“It is great news that this team have been shortlisted for this award and I am delighted that their hard work and achievements are rightfully being recognised outside the council.”
The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis, England Manager at the British Association of Social Workers.