Award-winning social work team rubs shoulders with MPs at awards launch

The CATCH team's Isha Douglas, left and Peter Dennis, right, with MP Edward Timpson, centre

The CATCH team's Isha Douglas, left and Peter Dennis, right, with MP Edward Timpson, centre

A social work team from Bucks County Council rubbed shoulders with MPs at the launch of this year’s Social Worker of the Year awards.

The Children and Teenager Community Help (CATCH) Team was crowned Team of the Year for Children’s Services at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards in November and was invited to meet Edward Timpson MP to help officially launch this year’s awards. Mr Timpson is the parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families.

CATCH Team manager Peter Dennis said: “The parliamentary reception was a great celebration of social work. Not only were our achievements recognised by the sponsors of the Social Worker of the Year Awards, it’s been fantastic to have the endorsement from the minister and hear him acknowledge the hard work that social workers up and down the country do day in, day out.”

The CATCH Team was set up in September 2011 to work with young people aged between 11 and 17 and their families, where there is a risk of a family breakdown.

Since then it has worked with more than 300 young people and their families to provide well planned, proactive support.

As well as helping to launch this year’s awards, Mr Timpson also gave a short speech in which he commended the work of the social work profession.

He said: “Understanding and recognising the crucial role of social workers across the country is absolutely vital. All social workers have to fulfil a role which is often misunderstood.

“It’s why we need to raise the profile and status of these practitioners and is why these awards are so important. I’ve been very lucky to meet some outstanding social workers who work tirelessly to make sure children get the best start in life, and for that I congratulate them.”

Entries for this year’s awards – founded by independent social worker Beverley Williams in 2006 – will open on Friday, May 30, and will close on Friday, September 5.

There are 17 categories in total, including Children’s and Adult Social Worker of the Year, Student Social Worker of the Year and Mental Health Social Worker of the Year. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.socialworkawards.com.




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