National Award for Coventry’s Social Work Academy

Published Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Coventry City Council’s Social Work Academy has scooped a prestigious national award.

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At a glittering ceremony last night the team, part of Children’s Services, took the prize for workforce learning and development at The Guardian Public Service Awards.

The academy was created to equip newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) with the best tools, professional development and innovative thinking to put the child at the heart of their practice.

It was set up in July 2018 and the first cohort of NQSWs graduated in January this year into roles in area teams.

The academy offers coaching and mentoring and encourages critical thinking. Those who join spend six months within the academy while also spending time shadowing and developing a good understanding of the real-life experience of being a social worker in Coventry.

John Gregg, Director of Children’s Services, said: “What an incredible and well-deserved achievement by a team whose innovation is making Coventry a go-to place for social workers to come and help our children get the best outcomes. This kind of recognition is an inspiration for us to continue on our improvement journey.”

Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, Principal Social Worker, added: “I am so pleased and proud, we are building something special and this is recognition of everyone’s hard work in the academy and across our children’s teams.  It is a talented and valued team who work so hard day in and day out to create the best conditions for social workers to thrive, develop and be the best we can be.”

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved for winning this fantastic award. It is due recognition for a team who are leading the way in the professional development of social workers.”

The annual Guardian Public Service Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding public service teams, projects and individuals.

A panel of judges deliberated to find the best examples in 11 categories.

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