2020 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, 8 and 10 are for individuals only.

SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE

CATEGORY 1: ETHICAL PRACTICE

Are you flying the flag for ethical practice? Have you succeeded in bringing the Scottish Social Services Council's (SSSC) codes of practice, the Health and Social Care Standards and other supporting practices to life in social services? Have you gone above and beyond compliance to make a positive impact?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
  1. creative approaches to designing your service around national standards that promote ethical practice and show that you are living the values and principles which underpin them
  2. evidence of how you are using these to make a difference to staff or people you work with
  3. a real understanding of what can be achieved by following good, ethical practice

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations

CATEGORY 2: BRIGHT SPARKS

These awards celebrate the achievements of our rising stars excelling in their work. Two awards will be made under this category: one to recognise the talents of a young person, or someone new to working in a care and support setting, and one for a student social worker. It is an opportunity to value the contribution of young people and to inspire the next generation to consider a career in the sector.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO:
  1. go 'the extra mile' to make a difference for those they work with or to understand and apply their social work studies
  2. brings enthusiasm and commitment to their work
  3. are keen to learn, to develop themselves and to continue to work in the sector
  4. are proud of the work they do and are an ambassador for the sector
  5. have a positive attitude and take time to understand the help and support people need

OPEN TO: Individuals including a young person, or someone new to working in a care and support setting, or a student studying social work or on placement 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 or digital opportunities? Are you learning from the people we support, care for and work with?

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

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations

IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND USE OF EVIDENCE

CATEGORY 4: PARTNERSHIP WORKING

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 change these skills, which break through 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 PEOPLE WHO HAVE:
  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. examples of partnership working that put the people they help first regardless of budgets, location and governance

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations

CATEGORY 5: A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Are you, or is someone you know, doing things differently to make a positive change for the people they support? This is about taking a different approach, trying something new and being innovative in your thinking to deliver the best outcome for service users.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:
  1. tried something new or taken a different approach to deliver a service or support someone - this should relate to new ideas, systems or practice you have thought up, perhaps with the close involvement of the people or person being supported
  2. developed a new approach to an existing issue or found an innovative way to address a new challenge
  3. approached challenges creatively, and in a way that breaks with convention, improving outcomes for services users

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations

CATEGORY 6: MAKING RESEARCH & EVIDENCE REAL

Have you embedded the use of research or evidence into social services practice to make a difference to the people you support? 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 to improve outcomes for the people you support. For example, this could be embracing new technology in a creative way.

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 to improve outcomes for the people they support
  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

PROMOTING SOCIAL SERVICES

CATEGORY 7: LEADERSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK

Has this person demonstrated a focus on social work professional identity in their leadership in a team, organisation or more widely? Have they inspired colleagues by championing the unique contribution and values of social work in an integrated environment?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO:
  1. inspired others to champion the unique values of social work
  2. shown leadership in their professional social work identity in an integrated environment
  3. made a positive impact on their team or organisation, embodying the values of equality, relationships and a rights-based approach

OPEN TO: Individuals or organisations

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 A PERSON 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: MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN

Have you led a successful project or campaign to improve or change something which affects you, your organisation or the wider social services sector? This could include a local recruitment or behaviour change campaign, a project to improve staff wellbeing or raise awareness of an issue which affects the people you support. It could be about promoting an issue, challenging stigma or championing the interests of the people you support. Ultimately it is about making a change happen.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:
  1. developed a campaign or project which seeks to improve or change something which affects the people they care for or work with
  2. raised awareness of an issue in a positive manner
  3. successfully campaigned and brought about positive change

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations

SASW SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARD

CATEGORY 10: SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR

Do you know a social worker who has shown a consistent high standard of professional excellence? Do they demonstrate social work values and ethics in action? Are they committed to relationship based practice, and go above and beyond for the clients they work with and for?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
  1. a qualified, practicing social worker who is helping to make a difference to someone's life
  2. a person who helps to inspire, lead or motivate those they work with
  3. someone who develops relationships that make a difference and help to tackle inequalities

OPEN TO: Individuals only

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