Newly qualified social worker praised at city council

By on 05/02/2013 in News

'Exceptional' social worker Nicola Lewis has been praised at the meeting of the city council today.

Nicola was honoured for winning the national Newly Qualified Children's Social Worker of the Year award, a national award which recognises how social workers apply recently learned theory to day-to-day practice.

Nicola qualified in 2011 and works in Birmingham City Council's Children in Care team.

Nicola attended today's meeting and was praised for her achievement by Lord Mayor John Lines.

The judges praised Nicola for her ability to think about what is best for the child while taking into account their individual needs and opinions. They also singled out her ability to build healthy working relationships with service users and stated that it was clear she was having a 'positive effect' on all those she worked with.

Nicola said: “Attending the awards day allowed me to meet other professionals within social work across all sectors. It was a remarkable day that recognised the good practice of social workers and social work teams across the country.

“I have had a positive experience as a newly qualified social worker thanks to a supportive team and an excellent training programme.”

Background to the Social Worker of the Year Awards

The Social Worker of the Year Awards aim to:

• Recognise the challenging work of qualified social workers
• Promote best practice in the profession and celebrate success
• Improve understanding of the range of work which social workers undertake
• Celebrate and promote diversity and equal opportunities in social care

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