Northumberland social worker shortlisted for national award
28 Oct 2021
A social worker from Northumberland has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2021.
Kevin Waggott has been shortlisted for the mental health social worker of the year award.
Kevin is one of 52 finalists across 11 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the overall Social Worker of the Year 2021.
The winners for each of the 11 categories will be revealed during a virtual awards ceremony in November. One individual category winner on the night will also be chosen as ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year’ by the Social Work Awards Board of Trustees.
This year the awards will highlight creativity, give space for reflection, and share stories of compassion and resilience from the past 12 months.
Northumberland County Councillor Wendy Pattison, cabinet member for Adults’ Wellbeing, said: “People across Northumberland have faced unprecedented challenges over the past 18 months and the support provided by our social workers has never been more important.
“I am very proud of all our social workers and so pleased that Kevin’s contribution has been recognised in this way.”
The national awards recognise the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Children's Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our social workers provide vital support to help people to overcome obstacles, and lead safe and fulfilling lives.
“I am delighted that their dedication and professionalism has been recognised nationally.”