Cafcass librarian Jo Wood has won an award at this year's Research in Practice Link Officer Awards. The prize recognises people who have made an outstanding effort to support learning and development and evidence-informed practice in their organisation.
Jo was awarded silver in the category of Link Officer of the Year for her work on embedding evidence-informed practice at Cafcass. The award recognises her success in supporting colleagues with training, guidance and feedback on their use of research and evidence.
Recognising the achievement, Jo said: "I'm thrilled to win this award. Promoting and embedding evidence-informed practice is a core element of my role, both within Cafcass and as an advocate of the profession more widely.
"I know how much our practitioners benefit from the excellent resources and courses that Research in Practice provide. We're working hard to continually improve our research library so that it meets the needs of staff across Cafcass."
Jo received the award at Research in Practice's annual meeting of link officers. The organisation works to improve the practical application of research in children's services. It promotes the use of evidence-informed practice to improve outcomes for children and families.
The Cafcass Library team curates a collection of over 23,000 books, articles and reports to assist practitioners in using research in their work. The library keeps an archive of research on more than 1,000 practice topics, guided by the needs of Cafcass staff.