Top marks for commitment of children's social workers in Cornwall
Last updated: 13/05/2011
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The commitment of children’s social workers who are taking
demanding programmes of professional development so that they can
make a real and positive difference to the lives of hundreds of
vulnerable children and young people across Cornwall was celebrated
at a special ceremony held at the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro
The aim of the Celebration of Success was to recognise the
achievements of children’s social workers from the Council’s
Children, Schools and Families directorate who have completed
degree courses and post qualifying awards. 21 social workers
were presented with certificates for their achievements, which
ranged from successfully completing the three year social work
degree course and the subsequent Newly Qualified Social Worker
qualification, to completing the one year Consolidation course and
the Specialist Child Care Award.
The social workers were welcomed to the ceremony by Jack
Cordery, Head of Children’s Social Work Services for Cornwall
Council, who praised their hard work and dedication which, he said,
was making a real difference to the lives of children and families
“I am delighted to be here to present these awards because you
are demonstrating your commitment to improving services to children
and young people in Cornwall by undertaking and achieving these
professional development programmes – for many of you, on top of
your job” he said.
“Social work is one of the most complex and challenging
professions around. You are entitled to proper support
to do your job. That means good quality professional
supervision. It means access to training that meets
your needs and keeps you up to speed. And it means access to
the highest quality post-qualifying, professional development
programmes like the Degree in Social Work, the Newly Qualified
Social Work programme, the Consolidation Award and the Child Care
Explaining that the Council was committed to achieving
excellence in social work in Cornwall, he said it was the knowledge
and skills of the professionals who are there to safeguard children
which kept them safe.
“There are two key things which will help us achieve excellence
in Cornwall” he said. “These are that each practitioner and
manager takes personal responsibility for the quality of their own
work and that each and every one of us takes responsibility for our
own professional development.
“The people receiving awards today have shown commitment,
dedication and hard work in improving both themselves and the
services they work in. These are the people we need in
Cornwall and I take my hat off to them and wish them the very best
in their future careers.”
Guest speaker at the ceremony was Professor Keith Brown,
Director of the Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work at
Bournemouth University who told the audience that the role of the
children’s social worker was one of the most important in
“Children’s social workers work with the most vulnerable people
in society and it is vital that they do their job to the very best
of their ability” he said. “To do that they need the best
possible support and Cornwall is committed to providing this
“I am tired of the negative press social workers receive and we
all need to stand up and celebrate what you do. You have
committed your time and energy to studying to improve the way you
practise and I applaud you for this”.
Receiving certificates at the ceremony were :
First degrees :
- Dorian Jones, from the Children in Care team in Bodmin who was
praised for his energy and passionate commitment to improving the
lives of the children he works with.
- Julie Best, praised as a highly competent member of the Child
Protection team in East Cornwall who opted to work part time to
enable her to carry out the course.
- Emma Shergold, a member of the Child Protection team, who
trained as a social worker with the Council and has been praised
for the commitment and sensitivity she shows to her
Newly Qualified Social Workers
- Jo Mitchell, from the Bodmin Child Protection team, who had
worked in the department for a number of years before beginning her
social work training and was praised for her commitment to
vulnerable children and their families.
- Nathan Headland, from the Bodmin Child Protection team, who was
praised for his child focus, reflective and research based
- Rachael Kirkland, a member of the child protection team in
Truro who was praised for her team work and ability to develop a
very good rapport with children of all ages.
- Jenna Metherell, who works with disabled children, young people
and families, and was praised as a dedicated social worker who
successfully supports children and families in difficult
- Teresa Sampson, who was praised as a reflective and stable
social worker who demonstrates commendable tenacity on behalf of
the children she works with in Cornwall.
- Lorraine Rawlings, who was praised as a highly committed social
worker who is determined to provide a quality service in a
- Lizzie Hobbs, who was praised as an extremely conscientious
social worker who is totally focused on the families she works
- Julia Baston, who was praised as a dedicated, organised and
efficient member of the team who is is always child focused in her
work and keen to ensure the right outcomes for children
- Carolyne Mallet, who was praised as a very committed and truly
child centred social worker who really cares about the children and
young people she is involved with and always tries to support and
motivate them to the best of her ability.
- Louise Simpson, who was praised as a diligent worker with
excellent skills with working with young people who is a valued
member of the Child Protection team.
- Val Watkins-Kazan , who works in the child protection team in
Penzance and was praised as a well liked, trusted and respected
child focused practitioner who works hard to achieve the best
outcomes for children and their families
- Sam Adlam, a member of the specialist social work team who was
praised as an able social worker with a strong sense of personal
and professional integrity who is confident at dealing with a wide
range of people.
- David Darlington, who was praised as a committed and dedicated
social worker who ensures that respecting the rights of service
users is high on his agenda.
- Sarah Davey, who was praised as a highly capable social
worker who demonstrates an excellent standard of social work
Specialist Child Care Award
- Hildegard Herholdt, who works within the Child Protection team
and was praised for being organised, knowledgeable, helpful and
experienced with an ability to interact with parents and
children in a highly professional and empathetic way which
leads to the best possible outcomes for children.
- David Van Dyke, who was praised as a very adaptable individual
who is committed to his own learning and to supporting others.
- Steve Ratcliffe, who was praised as committed to promoting
independence and respecting children’s wishes while balancing the
risks for young people.
- Liz Williams, who was praised for the way in which she had
persevered through many difficulties, including illness and injury.
over the last two years to achieve the Child Care award.
- Sam Law, who was praised for being an approachable and
supportive individual who works extremely hard and has a refreshing
“can do “attitude”.
- Claire Savage, who was praised for the way she had overcome
significant issues with determination and perseverance to pursue
the Child Care award and improve her practice to benefit the young
people she works with.
Story posted 12 May 2011