Awards and Nominations

National Social Worker of the year awards – 2 years and counting

We are proud that our colleagues have been recognised with a national ‘Social Worker of the year’ award for the past 2 years;

In 2015 Maureen Roscoe-Goulson was named Team leader of the year for Children’s services. Maureen is Suffolk’s longest serving social care assessment manager, her nomination highlighted the excellent track record in turning performance in teams, securing positive feedback from Ofsted and her significant investment in staff development and support. 

2016 saw Emily Tiplady-Ead win the Children’s Social Worker of the Year award as a result of her outstanding work with children and their families. Emily’s nomination discusses her ability to forge relationships with families who have been hostile and reluctant to deal with services. In two cases highlighted as examples of her practice, she was able to build rapport with mothers ‒ one who was a care leaver, and another with substance misuse issues ‒ and eventually help enable their young children to return home to them.

Emily’s approach has inspired respect within her team and beyond for being risk-sensible, as opposed to risk-averse, and always solutions-focused. The panel commented on her “absolute commitment to achieving the best outcomes for families”.

 Emily Tiplady-Ead

Emily Tiplady-Ead - SWOTY 2016.

LGA award shortlisted 2017

We have been shortlisted twice this year for the prestigious LGA awards within the Children’s services category.

One of our LGA award nominations relates to our whole system implementation work and achievements on ‘Signs of Safety and Wellbeing’ across the service where we are recognised as leaders in this field. Through implementing an ambitious and clearly articulated plan, we have worked with partners to create a more positive and sustainable experience for children and families, fundamentally changing the role of services from the ‘fixer’ of problems to the stimulator of family-owned change.


What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Leon Gillings
Leon Gillings

“I chose social work because I liked the idea how helping people whilst also being accredited as a professional. I wanted a career that was meaningful, full of challenge and diversity and that I could be proud to be a part of.”

Social Worker Tunde Oyeniyi
Tunde Oyeniyi

“I have been at Suffolk County Council almost 7 years and been ABE trained, completed a post qualifying specialist award in children and families with the University of East Anglia and have my Practice Educator award.”

Social Worker Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

"I am proud to be a Social Worker in Suffolk, making a real difference to Children and their families lives."

Social Worker Charnine De'ath
Charnine De'ath

“Our role is about getting people to see that there is something better out there for them and their children and that they are able to make the positive changes for themselves with the support of us and their family & friends - We empower families and give them the confidence to make changes”

Social Worker Jade McMurray
Jade McMurray

“There’s nothing better than when you’ve been able to make those changes and support a family along their journey and to have such a positive outcome, when you’re able to step back and let them do it for themselves.”

Social Worker Victoria Morphew
Victoria Morphew

“Working in Suffolk County Council you cross paths with lots of other professionals; everyone is really friendly and all want to build really good working relationships. You have a great network of contacts and support here.”