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 - 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.