As the Convener of Social Work Scotland and a local authority Chief Social Work Officer, I am delighted to support and champion social work leadership across Scotland. Ours is a profession that values human rights, relationships and collaboration. The contribution we make is often hidden from public view and our work deserves positive recognition.
The Scottish Social Services Awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise and reward social workers and importantly to help raise awareness of the excellent work that they do. By sharing stories of our success we can help to promote public understanding of social work.
Working often in integrated teams and always in a multi-disciplinary environment, supports social workers to meet people’s needs and work with them collaboratively and effectively. The values that come with training as a professional social worker are key to underpinning this. That’s why the leadership category in the Scottish Social Services Awards is particularly important for our profession.
We’re looking for people who lead by demonstrating social work values. Social work leaders live, work and practice among us, leading by example - championing people’s unique needs, dignity and human rights, valuing relationships and getting alongside people to help them live their best life – whether that’s through supporting fellow professionals and/or working directly with individuals and families in the community.
I strongly encourage social workers and leaders to enter the Scottish Social Services awards.