National Award Winners

One of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s social worker teams has won a national award. During the Social Worker Of The Year Awards event held in London last Friday The Pathway Team was named Team Of The Year For Children’s Services. This award is given to the team making the most positive steps in having a positive influence on young people in care.

The Pathway Team work with young people are care leavers aged 16 and above. The team was awarded an “Outstanding” rating by OFSTED in 2016. They achieved an amazing 95% of children requiring care being in suitable accommodation. The team also has a well-established Staying Put arrangement. This arrangement has seen 75% of care leavers remaining with their foster carers until aged 18. 15% of care leavers also staying with carers when they become young adults.

These amazing achievements which judges described as a “shining example” are some of the many reasons why the Pathway Team won the prestigious award.

Pathway Team awarded Children’s Team of the Year Award
Members of the Pathway Team are presented the award by Lorraine Pascale, Olly Swann, and James Rook

“Absolutely Thrilled”

Sue Smyth, manager of the Pathway Team spoke shortly after receiving the award, saying:

We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award. It’s testament to the young people we work with and the support we get from within the Council and our Senior Management Team. It’s about real social work and relationships in social work and we’re delighted to get this recognition.

Olly Swann, the director of category sponsor iMPOWER, said:

I am delighted that the Pathway Team won the Gold Award for Team of the Year, Children’s Services. This inspirational team of hard-working social workers puts young people leaving the care system at the very heart of what they do, and should be very proud of their achievements. Congratulations.

At the London award ceremony the team were presented the award by celebrity chef and patron of the charity Lorraine Pascale. The award was presented in front of over 400 social workers and industry representatives. The awards, which has been running since 2006, were founded by independant practitioner Beverley Williams (MBE). The aim of the awards is to improve the understanding and reputation of social work.

Why not check out the Social Work Awards website for more details and information about the other winners of the night?