Health and Wellbeing

Devon takes top awards at Social Worker of the Year ceremony

collage of the winners

Posted on: 3 December 2019

Devon has scooped a hoard of gold and silver awards at this year’s Social Worker of the Year ceremony.

Three Devon County Council social worker teams were shortlisted, and took one Gold and two Silver awards.

The Family Group Conferencing Plus team, including Lifelong Links, took the Gold award for Team of the Year, Children’s Services.

Social Worker of the Year 2019 Family Group Conferencing team

Val Yeo and Debbie Marks.

The West Devon Community Health and Social Care team, which is part of a joint health and social care team across Devon County Council and Livewell Southwest, took the Silver award for Team of the Year, Adult Services.

Social Worker of the Year 2019 West Devon Community Health and Social Care team

Jon Richards, Head of Local Government and Education Unison; Harri Leigh, Tavistock Community Health and Social Care Team; Andy Melville, Social Care Assessor Tavistock Community Health and Social Care Team; Katherine Beattie, Tavistock Community Health and Social Care Team; Lorraine Pascal, Patron of the Social Work Awards; and James Rook, Chief Executive Sanctuary Personnel- Patron of the Social Work Awards.

And The Devon Prison’s Adult Social Care team took the Silver award for the Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice category.

Social Worker of the Year 2019 Prison's team (2)

Gina Jones and Keely Porter.

The prestigious awards ceremony was held in London on Friday (29 November). It is organised by the Social Work Awards charity, and it 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.

Devon County Council’s Chief Executive, Phil Norrey, said:

“We have many excellent teams providing vital frontline social work services to vulnerable children and adults in the county. This year’s Social Worker of the Year awards is recognition not just of the quality of the services we provide, but also of the incredibly high calibre of social workers we have working here. Congratulations to all of the teams.”

Posted in: Health and Wellbeing