Social workers in Wolverhampton have been recognised for their 'amazing' work by a national body.

Deputy Principal Social Worker Niall O’ Connor, Team Managers Charmayne Dean and Claire Beckerleg, Social Workers Claire Connop, Jennifer Dear, Barbara Cassidy, Sarah Cornwall, Westley Jones, Ruth Leon, Stephanie Baker, Emma Kirkland, Catherine Awogbami, Chris Wood, Samantha Willington, Stephanie Harris, Samantha Cartwright, Sophie McGuirk, Sian Leedham, Paramjeet Toora and Wendy Henry, and the whole of the Children and Young People in Care Team 3, were named Amazing Social Workers by the British Association of Social Workers.

Their achievement was profiled on the British Association of Social Workers’ website and social media channels as part of its Amazing Social Workers campaign which ran throughout World Social Work Month recently.

Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “All the nominees are a credit to the social work profession – we have always known that they are amazing social workers, and it's great to see that the British Association of Social Workers agrees. I would like to congratulate them all."

Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing Councillor Jasbir Jaspal added: “Well done to every one of our fantastic social work staff for the incredible work they do, day in, day out, for vulnerable people in our city, and I am so pleased that their dedication has been recognised by the British Association of Social Workers.”

Alison Hinds, Director of Children's Services, and Andrew Wolverson, Director of Adult Social Care, said: "We are incredibly proud of the record number of Amazing Social Worker nominations our social workers have received this year – 20 individual nominations and one team nomination is an incredible testimony to the great work our social workers do, and it is lovely to read each nomination to see the significant pride that our social workers have in themselves and the work they do. 

"We are delighted that colleagues have taken the time to nominate each other and this clearly demonstrates our strong relational model of practice, not just between our social workers and the adults, children and young people they support, but also amongst each other and the respect that we all have for the work we as a local authority carry out. 

“This was also recognised as a significant strength by our social workers in our recent annual health check, and highlights Wolverhampton as a great place to work where relationships are at the centre of everything that we do."

Lindsey Bates from the British Association of Social Workers told each nominee: "We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for your selfless dedication to our profession and the people we support – for being an Amazing Social Worker."