CATEGORIES

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SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES AWARDS CATEGORIES

You can enter yourself, your team or organisation, or you can nominate an individual, team or organisation.  You must have permission from your organisation or, if you are nominating someone else, you must have their consent in writing. Categories 2 and 8 are for individuals only.

SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE

 

CATEGORY 1: LIVING THE CODES

Have you succeeded in bringing the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC) codes of practice to life in social services? Have you gone above and beyond compliance to make a positive impact by using the codes?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. creative approaches to promoting and using the codes which show that you are living the values and principles which underpin them.
  2. evidence of how you are using the codes to make a difference to staff or people using services.
  3. a real understanding of what the codes mean and what can be achieved by following the good practice they are encouraging.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

CATEGORY 2: BRIGHT SPARK

To celebrate the work of our young people in the social services sector, the Bright Spark award aims to recognise a young person who is excelling in the work they do in the sector.  This is our opportunity to celebrate young people’s achievements, to value their contribution and to inspire other young people to consider a career in the sector.

Are you, or is someone you know, a young person working in social services in a care and support setting but have already made a real difference to someone’s life?  Do you/they have a positive attitude?  Are they proud of the work they do? Do you/they take the time to understand what the people you support want and need, helping them to achieve their potential?

We are looking for a young person aged 16-26 who:

  1. goes ‘the extra mile’ to make a difference to the people they care for or work with, bringing enthusiasm and commitment to their work.
  2. is keen to learn, to develop themselves and to continue to work in the sector.
  3. is proud of the work they do and is an ambassador for the life-changing work that they do in the sector.

OPEN TO:

A young person aged 16-26 on 31 January 2018 (the closing date for applications) working in a care and support setting, or a student on placement working in a care and support setting who is producing positive results.

CATEGORY 3: AN ENLIGHTENED APPROACH

How do you recognise the importance of learning and development within the workforce? At times when budgets may be stretched, are you thinking creatively and working collaboratively to make the most of training opportunities? Are you learning from the people we support, care for and work with?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. fresh and innovative approaches to learning that allow staff to learn from the people they support
  2. the best examples of supporting and encouraging staff to learn and grow.
  3. learning and development which enables people to do the right things and not just follow procedure.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

UNDERSTANDING SERVICE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

 

CATEGORY 4: SILO BUSTER

This is about joined up thinking, working and delivering. Do you take the time to understand your colleagues, agree what each of you can contribute – and follow that through to make a difference to people’s lives? At times of integration and change these skills, which break through organisational barriers and cultures, are vital. It is not about sharing a space, but a common approach to support and care for people.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. professions and colleagues coming together and learning from each other to improve services.
  2. teams and individuals that acknowledge and play to each other’s strengths.
  3. budgets, location and governance not getting in the way of putting service user first.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

CATEGORY 5: THE COURAGE TO TAKE A RISK

Have you, or someone you know, taken a risk; looked adversity in the face and stood up to make a change? Many successful business people failed initially but learned from that experience and went on to great things. This can happen in social services too. This award recognises those who have used experience to make positive changes.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. learned from previous experience and tried something new or risked taking a different approach: this should relate to new ideas, systems or practice you have thought up rather than applying approaches already used elsewhere.
  2. taken on a project which wasn’t working, valued it for the lessons learnt – and gone on to succeed.
  3. approached challenges creatively, and in a way that breaks with convention, improving outcomes for services users.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

IMPROVING USE OF EVIDENCE

 

CATEGORY 6: MAKING RESEARCH & EVIDENCE REAL

Have you embedded the use of research or evidence into social services practice? Perhaps you have implemented an idea from a peer review journal, or interpreted the evaluation of a service, or used local feedback to change and improve how you do things. The emphasis is on looking at current practice and using research to challenge current thinking and find new ways of doing things; or doing new things.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. used evidence of any type to inform the development of projects, making a difference to the people they are there to support.
  2. developed innovative practice or approaches based on the evidence of what works.
  3. localised good practice, making it work for them and the people they support.

* Note: evidence can include research, practice, wisdom, service data or lived experience.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

CATEGORY 7: THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Have you influenced thinking in your team, your organisation or more widely? By learning, discussing and trying new things have you brought about changes which benefit the people you support? Have you helped foster a culture where challenge and change is encouraged?  Do you make sure that practice is informed by what we can demonstrate works.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE:

  1. who have developed fresh thinking that has improved the experience of the people who use services.
  2. who have shown leadership in promoting evidence based practice and encouraged others to learn from this to improve services .
  3. who have successfully shared their thinking and experience, either within their organisation, or more widely.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

PROMOTING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING

 

CATEGORY 8: THE UNTOLD STORY

We are looking for an unsung hero; an inspiring individual who thinks that they are ‘just doing their job’ but whose approach makes it so much more than that? Do you or someone you know fit this description? We want to celebrate people who have helped make a positive difference for others either through their day-to- day work, or promoting the social services profession more widely.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:

  1. is dedicated and courageous, doing the right things for the people they support.
  2. values each person they work with as an individual and supports them in a way that works for that individual.
  3. is an advocate for the most vulnerable.

OPEN TO:

Individuals only.

CATEGORY 9: HEAD ABOVE THE PARAPET

Have you spoken up about an issue, promoting social justice and championing the interests of the vulnerable. We want to encourage people to stand up for others and challenge rhetoric that can damage the interests of the people we work with.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS:

  1. spoken out for the people they support and care about.
  2. taken a risk by challenging what they believe is wrong.
  3. successfully campaigned for positive change

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

POLICY FOCUS * SPECIAL AWARD

 

CATEGORY 10: EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Each year we choose a special Policy Focus award.  This year our award celebrates excellence in children’s services in recognition of 2018 being the Year of Young People, which aims to celebrate and create new opportunities for them to shine, locally, nationally and globally.

Children’s services have a crucial role in helping young people realise their potential, particularly for those from more disadvantaged backgrounds.  They work to give all our young people the best start in life.  This is our opportunity to celebrate achievement in supporting our most vulnerable children overcome adversity and achieve improved outcomes.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PERSON, TEAM OR SERVICE WHICH AS ACHIEVED DEMONSTRABLE PROGRESS SUPPORTING OUR VULNERABLE CHILDREN BY:

  1. engaging children and young people creatively, listening to them and supporting them to fulfil their potential and meet the challenges they face.
  2. working in partnership with parents and other organisations to meet the young person’s needs, recognising their strengths and helping them achieve their ambitions.
  3. promoting the rights of young people, valuing the young people they work with and ensuring that young people are seen as equal partners in decision making.

OPEN TO:

Individuals, teams or organisations.

Note: This Award will be judged by a panel of young people who use, or have accessed, children’s services.  The panel will be coordinated by Children in Scotland.

 

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