TWO teams of Lambeth social workers are celebrating after winning silver awards at the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards at the House of Commons on Friday 30th November. Lambeth Council’s Family Support and Child Protection team and Lambeth’s Substance Misuse Team won the 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 Two were nominated in the “Team of Year Category – Childrens’ Services” category. They 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.
The Substance Misuse Team helps dozen of people with drug and alcohol problems, including people suffering from domestic violence or who are homeless. They were nominated in the “Team of the Year – Adult Services” category.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, deputy leader of Lambeth Council, said: “This is tremendous recognition for the tremendous work which these two teams of social workers have done and is fully deserved. To be named among the best in the country for the work that they do is an absolutely outstanding achievement. We are fortunate to have such committed social workers in Lambeth working tirelessly day in day out helping our residents to live their lives to the full.”
Denise Chandy, Head of Service Substance Misuse Team, said, “It’s brilliant to have received this award on behalf of Lambeth. Our team works really hard to provide the best possible services for residents who have drug and alcohol problems and it’s great that our work has been recognised.”
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The ceremony at the House of Commons on 30th November was 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 http://www.socialworkawards.com