Cornwall social worker nominated for prestigious award

A social worker from Cornwall Adult Social Care has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of her outstanding work in supporting social work students.

Emma Goodall, Practice Educator for Cornwall Council has been nominated for Practice Educator of the Year award and will find out if she has won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London towards the end of November.

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Emma works hard to make sure that newly qualified social workers and students are able to learn as much as they can in their placements with the service.

Emma said: “The Practice Education team provide support to student social workers and newly qualified social workers so they can be supported and developed to meet the Social Work Professional Standards and competencies and to gain experience and knowledge of frontline practice.

“Social work is a really challenging yet rewarding career that focuses on people’s individual, strengths and wellbeing.  Social Workers work from a strong value base promoting independence and wellbeing and protecting vulnerable people from abuse.’  

Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of Adult Social Care and Health, Helen Charlesworth-May said: “Emma’s professionalism, passion and commitment to the social work profession and lifelong learning is an inspiration to her peers and the students she supports.

“Social workers continue to be faced with difficult decisions in their everyday work and have to balance a heavy workload with the need to be thorough and make sure people are able to live their lives safely and independently.”

Cornwall Council offers an attractive employment package with opportunities ranging from trainee social work roles right through to Principal Lead roles. This award nomination highlights the quality of support that students and trainees are given.

Emma is one of 93 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.

The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

The ceremony takes place at the end of November.

Posted on 8 November 2018