Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of the people they support at the Scottish Social Services Awards.

To mark 2018 as the Year of Young People, a new award was introduced to recognise those working in Children’s Services who play a crucial role in helping disadvantaged young people realise their potential. This award was judged entirely by a panel of young people aged 15 to 17, who have lived experience of Children’s Services, and it was coordinated by Children in Scotland.

Now, 12 individuals, teams or organisations have been announced as this year’s winners, having triumphed over more than 100 nationwide entries from across the third sector, independent organisations, local authorities and the NHS including:

Living the Codes: Balhousie Clement Park Personalised Environment

Bright Spark: Emma Scott, Pear Tree Nursery

An enlightened approach: Gil Martin, University of Dundee

Glasgow City Ambition Network: Simon Community Scotland

The Courage to Take a Risk: Anthony Miller, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Making Research and Evidence Real: Birchwood Highland – Migrant Mental Health in the Highlands

Thought Leadership: Amy McKellar, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership

The Untold Story: Tommy Murphy, Support for Ordinary Living

Head about the Parapet: Scottish Women’s Autism Network – SWAN

Excellence in Children’s Services: Broxburn Family Centre, Play is our work AND Multi-Cultural Family Base’s Safe Haven Project