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Adult services, Children and young people, Social care

Double success for Lambeth social workers

TWO teams of Lambeth social workers are celebrating after being nominated for major national awards.

Lambeth Council’s Family Support and Child Protection team and Substance Misuse Team have both been shortlisted in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards, in recognition of the outstanding work they do to help some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

The Family Support and Child Protection Team 2 work on the frontline helping young people and their families who are deemed to be ‘in need’. They have played a major role in helping to turn around a service that 10 years ago was on special measures, but is now rated by OFSTED as “outstanding” in safeguarding, adoption and looked after children. They have been nominated in the “Team of Year Category – Childrens’ Services” category.

The council’s Substance Misuse Team helps dozen of people with drug and alcohol problems, including people suffering from domestic violence or who are homeless. They have been nominated in the “Team of the Year – Adult Services” category.

Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council, said: “These nominations are fantastic recognition of the work of these outstanding teams do day in day out to improve the lives of people in the borough.

“In 2006, Children’s Services were failing and now Lambeth is the best council in the country for looking after vulnerable children. The Substance Misuse Team also performs absolutely vital work in helping people break the destructive cycle of addiction. We are fortunate to have such committed social workers in Lambeth working tirelessly to help people in the borough.”

The Substance Misuse Team will be hoping to match the success of Lambeth Council’s TOPAZ team, which won ‘Team of the Year’ in the Adult Service category at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards last year.  At the same awards, Lambeth social worker Anita Kapur was named ‘Team Leader of the Year’.

The TOPAZ team, which stands for Team Offering People Advice and Support, work with health services and voluntary and faith groups to improve the quality of life of potentially vulnerable adults and make sure that are able to lead independent and full lives within their community. 

The teams will find out if they have been successful at a ceremony at the House of Commons on 30th November which will be attended by over 170 social workers and sponsors of the awards Sanctuary Personnel, Community Care and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

For more information see www.socialworkawards.com

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