Social work practice was celebrated by Pembrokeshire County Council this week to mark World Social Work Day 2015.
The event on March 17th highlights the value and contribution that Social Workers make everyday throughout the world. This year's theme was promoting the dignity and worth of people.
To celebrate the day, County Council announced the winners of six awards for ‘outstanding social work practice resulting in excellent customer service'.
They were presented at a celebratory event at Pembrokeshire Archives for all social workers, hosted by Pam Marsden, Director of Social Services and Leisure, and Kate Evan-Hughes, Director for Children and Schools.
The winners of individual awards were Judith Bolt, Social Worker, Helen Goodridge, Integrated Family Support Team Manager and Interim Manager for Flying Start, Sharon John, Social Worker, and Gail Bishop, Senior Social Work Practitioner.
The winners of the team awards were the Youth Offending and Prevention Service and the Substance Misuse Team.
"This was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the exceptional social work practice taking place in our County and hear about some of the dedicated work undertaken by various individuals and teams within the Authority," said Cllr Sue Perkins, Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding, who presented some of the awards.
Pictured are (left to right, standing): Pam Marsden; Cllr. Sue Perkins; Sara Rowland, Senior Social Work Practitioner; Sharon John; Anna Dixon, Reparation Team; Dean Moraity, Social Worker; Dave Howells, Reparation Team, (seated) Sallie Arthur, (on behalf of Judith Bolt); Alex Panter, Social Worker; Helen Goodridge, and Gail Bishop.
Social workers from Pembrokeshire were in the spotlight at the BASW Cymru Social Work Awards in Cardiff Bay recently.
Pembrokeshire County Council's Family Intervention Team (FIT) were runners-up to Swansea in the Social Work Team Award.
And to complete a notable double at the national awards ceremony, a member of that team - Trish Mellor - was also a runner-up in another category, the Practice Teacher Award.
Their boss, the Council's Director for Children and Schools, Jake Morgan, congratulated both the Family Intervention Team and Trish on the recognition that their excellent practice received.
And there was praise too from Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding, Councillor Sue Perkins.
She said: "Support and development is an important part of our success in improving the Social Work workforce
"Trish has made a significant contribution to this and I am delighted that this has been recognised nationally.
"In addition, the hard work of team members supporting families in Pembrokeshire has been recognised. This really puts Pembrokeshire on the map."
The County Council Family Intervention Team: left to right, back row:
Amanda Francis (duty worker); Tina Thomas (FIT worker); Amanda Hamilton-Radford (FIT team manager); Richard Davies (senior FIT worker); Trish Mellor (senior social work practitioner). Front row: Lisa Davies (FIT worker); Beth Boseley (FIT worker); Kieran Wilkins (senior FIT worker); Kathryn James (FIT worker).
Three Pembrokeshire County Council social workers have achieved a groundbreaking career qualification.
Grace Challinor, Kim Oriel and Blessymol Chacko are among the first in Wales to gain the new Post Graduate Certificate in Consolidation of Social Work Practice.
The work-based learning programme, which takes a year to complete, is designed to boost the skills and confidence of social workers in their crucial early career years.
Eleven other County Council social workers are currently working towards the certificate with another seven planning to enrol this October.
Grace, who works with the Community Resource Social Work Team at South Pembrokeshire Hospital, together with Kim and Blessymol, who work with the Children with Disabilities Social Work Team, were presented with their certificates at a recent Social Work conference in Haverfordwest.
The conference was aimed at welcoming newly qualified social workers to the Authority.
It was opened by Jake Morgan, Director of Children and Schools and hosted by Sue Swan, Learning and Development Manager.
The guest speaker was widely published author - Professor Mark Doel, while other speakers included Jake Morgan, Angela Watwood, Head of Community Care Commissioning and Brian Relph, Head of Children's Services.
Congratulations were extended to employees in social care, who received Recognition of Achievement certificates at the Employee Connect presentation on Thursday 19th June 2014.
The certificates, which were presented by Jake Morgan, Director for Children and Schools, are in recognition of them having gained social care qualifications, whilst working for Pembrokeshire County Council. Recognising their achievements underlines the Council's commitment to the development of its social care workforce.
The manager of a respite centre for children and young people with disabilities has won the 2014 Learner of the Year Award.
Nathan Gover, from Johnston beat off stiff competition to win the Pembrokeshire County Council- run award.
The Unit Manager at Holly House in Haverfordwest was the overall winner of the annual award scheme.
Organised by the County Council's learning and development team, the awards - now in their fifth year - aim to celebrate the enthusiasm and commitment to learning among staff working for the County Council.
Nathan won this year's award after successfully completing a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Children and Young People Residential Management Wales) and for ensuring that his learning was transferred into practice - thereby improving the service to both Holly House staff and the children and young people who attend it for respite care.
Four Pembrokeshire social workers have been recognised for their work with children and young people.
The four were presented with their Pembrokeshire County Council awards at County Hall today to mark World Social Work Day (March 18th).
World Social Work Day is an annual event when social workers around the globe highlight their work and receive recognition for their contribution to society.
Today's ceremony was the first time the awards have been held in Pembrokeshire.
"Social workers too often and unjustifiably get a bad press," said Councillor Sue Perkins, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Children's Services.
"But in my experience they are among the most hardworking and dedicated staff I know.
"These awards aim to highlight the good work that they do and the positive changes they can make to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society."
The four award winners were: Karen Panter - Lifetime Achievement Award, Amanda Hamilton-Radford - Development in Social Work practice, Student Social Worker - Tracie Batchelor, Newly Qualified Social Worker - Paul Regimbal.
In August 2013, Family Intervention Worker, Hannah Thomas won the Sir Julian Hodge Award, given by the Welsh Open University to the year's top Learner in Social Work training.