The Scottish Social Services Awards have been held annually since 2017 (except in 2020 due to COVID-19) and provide an opportunity to raise the profile of the sector, demonstrate that it is valued and highlight the commitment and innovative approaches of those who work within it. Sector partners promote the event and support the judging process.
The Awards invite individual and organisational nominations from across Scotland to showcase examples of best practice in the social services sector. Applications will be scored by a judging panel comprised of Scottish Government policy officials and key sector stakeholders.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an in-person awards ceremony on the evening of 15th September 2022 where winners will be announced.
All shortlisted candidates will be required to take part in a short video (30-90 seconds) outlining their work and the reason they are nominated.
Scottish Social Services Awards application deadline extended until 6pm Friday 01 July 2022.
Guest blog from Ben Farrugia, Director of Social Work Scotland
Guest blog from Joanna Macdonald, Deputy Chief Social Work Adviser for the Scottish Government.
Winning this award has brought fantastic benefits to our staff, the team and our association. So much good work goes unrecognised and, as a Manager there is nothing more fulfilling than a fully functional team who are recognised and rewarded for the great work they do.Sheltered Housing Services Manager, Port of Leith Housing Association
This recognition was an excellent opportunity for a very new service to become more visible and raise awareness of the important work carried out on equality and on protecting the human rights of vulnerable people in Scotlandâ€™s Black and Minority Ethnic communities.Service Team Leader, Bright Choices
This was a huge confidence boost for me, as it came as I began my social work career. It also acted as wonderful recognition of Glasgow Caledonian University and East Ayrshire Council Health and Social Care Partnershipâ€™s commitment to providing quality social work placements. Itâ€™s vital that we use all available opportunities to recognise social services workers who have â€˜gone the extra mileâ€™ and made differences to the lives of others. As such, I would implore anyone connected to this amazing profession to nominate any individual, team, service or organisation that deserves public praise for their efforts.Social Work Student, Glasgow Caledonian University
The award meant a great deal to the organisation and all our members. We were delighted and extremely proud to receive this accolade. We would recommend others to apply for the SSSA awards where achievements are recognised and celebrated on a national, public platform. Itâ€™s an opportunity to proudly share the positive social benefits that such innovative, user-led projects can bring about and reinforces the need to continue supporting them.C-Change Scotland
It was great to have recognition and be nominated. It helped to raise the profile of the service - winning was an added bonus! The video helped to bring the service to life and was very powerful, clearly showing how vital it is to have an empathetic approach which puts people first. Both services working together enhances how we can help people and show how effective collaborative working can be when there is a clear understanding of the needs of the client group.Glasgow Women's Supported Bail Service
Having the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact the service has on the lives of the individuals we support is a great feeling! Services, teams and individuals should definitely enter these awards. It's a great forum to raise the profile of the care sector and acknowledge all the amazing people who work so hard to support individuals to live a meaningful life.
Winning the Making Change Happen Category reinforced to us that what we were doing was well thought of externally, by our professional body, SSSC. This professional recognition really boosted the team. It has also opened doors for us as an Organisation ; introducing us to people and organisations to increase the awareness of the work we do and in time seeing this type of initiative mirrored in other organisationsCorinne Morrison-Gillies, Head of HR Operations and People Development