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Wiltshire's Amazing Social workers given national recognition

Twenty of Wiltshire Council's adult and children's social workers have been recognised in the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) national awards.

Published 31 March 2021
Wiltshire's Amazing Social Workers

BASW launched 'Amazing Social Workers' during World Social Work Month as a collective celebration of all social work. Each day throughout March BASW has featured the amazing work of social workers across Britain on their website (opens new window).

From Wiltshire thirteen adult social care and seven children's social workers have been shortlisted. They will be featured on the BASW website (opens new window) from Tuesday 30 March and will appear in our social media campaign #WeAreWilts promoting the work of social workers.

Dr Ruth Allen, CEO at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), said:"It's been an immensely challenging year for social workers, who have become one of the 'forgotten frontlines' during the pandemic.

"Too often, the tireless and selfless efforts of social workers go unnoticed. That's why, as part of our 'World Social Work Month' activities, we launched the Amazing Social Worker campaign, which is a celebration of our colleagues and our profession.

"Each Amazing Social Worker has a dedicated web profile on the BASW website, which includes a picture, a special graphic for social media - as well as some lovely testimonials from colleagues.

"We're delighted to recognise and champion Amazing Social Workers both at Wiltshire Council and right across the UK."

Lucy Townsend, Corporate Director for People said, "Congratulations to our Children's and Adults Social Workers who have been shortlisted as Amazing Social Workers by the British Association of Social workers.

"I am enormously proud that so many of Wiltshire's hard working social workers have been recognised nationally for the amazing work that they do.

"Whether working with adults or families and their children, our social workers strive to make a real difference to the lives of people in Wiltshire, working alongside them to help them achieve the outcomes that are important to them."

You can read more about Wiltshire's Amazing Social Workers on the BASW website ( (opens new window)) or stay tuned on Twitter to find out why our fabulous colleagues were recognised.

#WeAreWilts @BASW_UK

A short summary of what each of our social workers was nominated for:

Terese Williamson and Alyson Bunce, work in our Ongoing Support Team. Terese was recognised for the time and effort she puts into supporting the development of others, and Aly's portfolio was a strong record of ASYE that insightfully linked personal experience to social care challenges.

Carol-Anne Tyrell and Holly Millward are Experienced Social Workers in the Adults Social Care team. Carol was recognised for her integrity, dignity, and compassion and Holly showed great professionalism during her ASYE in her approach with customers and written documentation.

Laura Church was recognised for helping promote a cultural shift in our writing by designing and running workshops for our practitioners.

Jonathan Baker was nominated for the high quality of his practice while reducing risk and managing safeguarding concerns.

Lissa Mabley demonstrates positive approaches to equality and anti-discriminatory practice and is an advocate for people with sensory loss.

Louise Fox champions social work values and has had a significant impact on the support people receive when they contact Adult Social Care.

Despite joining the team during the pandemic, Fausat Kadiri has shown great adaptability and produces an excellent quality of person-centred work.

Nadia Parker is driven to learn and is always happy to volunteer for supporting others by developing their knowledge and education.

Laura Roberts has strong social work values and models them in all she does, both in terms of her management role, and in her direct work with people.

Adele Lake constantly embraces opportunities to develop her practice and is always willing to share her knowledge with others.

Sherri Thompson, has shown dedication, is able to reflect upon her social work journey and has incredible articulation as to how learning has developed her practice.

Susanne Knoren was recognised for her work on a complex situation that required tenacity, persuasion, and persistence.

Sharon Burfoot showed creativity when developing her relationship with a customer who had experienced a breakdown in care arrangements.

Zoey Render excels expectations and is always willing to support others - recently, she won the Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year Award.

Stephanie Lane always goes the extra mile, is passionate about all her families, and aims for results without shying away from challenges.

Nia has been recognised for building strong relationships with her families and working incredibly hard to make a positive difference. @BASW_UK

Melanie King works tirelessly for the residents of Wiltshire, is a strong communicator, and takes a considered approach to her work.

Assistant Team Manager Gemma Huxley was also recognised for consistently achieving excellent feedback on supervision observations.

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