Social worker shortlisted for top national award

A West Sussex social worker has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting vulnerable adults.

 
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Release date: 30 October 2019

Stephen Musgrave, a Senior Social Work Practitioner in West Sussex County Council’s Coastal Lifelong Services team, has been selected as a finalist for Adult Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Stephen, who is based at the council’s offices in Centenary House, Worthing will find out if he has won at a national awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake.

Stephen is one of nine finalists in the Adult Social Worker of the Year category and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.

He said: “It was a huge surprise to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, but I feel extremely honoured to have received such recognition.

“I just try to do my best with and for those that the Lifelong Services team support, so being shortlisted is an added bonus.”

Stephen was nominated for the award by Adrian Caines, Team Manager in the council’s Community Lifelong Services Team.

Adrian said: “I think it is great news that we have a member of the team shortlisted for this national award, but it is richly deserved by Stephen whose hard work makes a positive difference to people’s lives on a daily basis.”

Richard Betts, Managing Director for Local Government, said: “We are delighted to support this award which shines a light on exceptional social workers who are making a significant difference to lives of adults, often in very difficult circumstances, day in and day out. All the finalists demonstrate dedication, professionalism and passion – they truly are a credit to the social work profession.”

For more information about the awards, visit www.socialworkawards.com

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