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Cafcass practitioners scoop two awards at 2016 Social Worker of the Year Awards


We are delighted to announce our staff’s achievements were again celebrated at this year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards, following on from Cafcass’ success at last year’s awards.


Daniel Hope, Family Court Adviser in Leeds, won Practice Educator of the Year award. The judges recognised his personal commitment to improving the breadth and depth of his students’ social work placements. He has developed an exchange programme with Leeds local authority so that students can gain knowledge of both the local authority setting and private law (divorce and separation) proceedings.


Michelle Evans, Head of Practice in Liverpool, scooped Silver for Children’s Team Leader of the Year. She has worked hard to maintain high standards of practice in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside and has developed Cafcass’ Practice Supervisor role across the region.


We were also very pleased to see June Thoburn, special advisor to Cafcass, and her research on children’s social care recognised in the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work award.


Commenting on the night’s achievements, our Chief Executive, Anthony Douglas said:


‘The Social Worker of the Year awards was an amazing testimony to the quality of social work and the quality of our social workers. Our successes were important as those nominated, and those who achieved the gold and silver awards, are at the top of our profession.


I was pleased to see June Thoburn receive the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work award. I first worked with June in Hackney in 1982 when we piloted a novel service at the time - the involvement of parents in child protection conferences. This attracted massive opposition. June has been a brilliant left field thinker and innovator for decades, developing endless programmes like this all over the world. ‘Outstanding’ is an overused word – but it describes her to a tee.’


The awards took place at Lancaster Gate Hotel, London on Friday 25th November.

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