As a judge, I am particularly supportive of the Scottish Social Services Awards. It is always fascinating and reassuring to see the wide range of applications coming in. 

Often our staff and services underestimate their proactive contribution to the development of services that make a real difference in the lives of people who use them.  It is important that we strive to deliver the high-quality services that are so essential, and that we recognise the commitment of our workforce in developing these and new ways of working that is truly person centred and user informed.

These awards are a great opportunity to recognise workers, leaders and teams and to celebrate the fantastic array of outstanding social work practice that is in place across Scotland. Take part!

Blog from Jackie Irvine, Chief Social Work Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council

The Scottish Social Services awards are run by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, which is a partnership of stakeholders across the social services sector. It was set up in late 2013 to develop and implement a shared vision and strategy 2015-2020 for the sector. It represents a strong commitment to partnership working across organisations and with government to deliver its vision for high quality and effective social services.