Local Social Workers Nominated for Award


Local Social Workers Nominated for Award

The achievements of social workers across Northern Ireland will be marked at a celebratory lunch and awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall, on Friday 25 February 2011, at the first ever Regional Social Work Awards.


Due to the highly confidential nature of their work which often involves vulnerable members of society, social workers rarely tell their stories and are very much the unsung heroes of our society.  These awards seek to redress this.


There are more than 5,000 social workers practicing in Northern Ireland today providing a highly skilled and essential service to the needy in society.  Their excellent work goes largely unrecognised. 

The 16 finalists in the Regional Social Work Awards come from statutory and voluntary  bodies, as well as the private, education and training sectors. There are four awards, three team awards and one for individuals, as well as an overall winner.


The Western Trust Looked After Disability Forum has been shortlisted as a finalist for the “Developing Practice Award.” The Forum has produced, launched and implemented “Good Practice Guidance on Transition Planning for Young People Leaving Care with a Disability”, leading the way in Northern Ireland as the first Trust to produce guidance in this area.


Guest speaker at the celebration will be Hannah Shields, the first woman from Northern Ireland to reach the summit of Mount Everest who is speaking on the themes of motivation, and keeping going in the face of adversity.  There will also be a special VIP guest, and the master of ceremonies will be the broadcaster Paul Clark.