SASW Awards 2017

Celebrating Social Work in Scotland - The SASW Social Work Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for our SASW Social Work Awards 2017! We want the applications for our Awards to reflect how the people you nominate have made a real impact:

The Categories

Social Worker of the Year: This social worker should demonstrate passion, dedication and a real commitment to the people they work with and for.

Student Social Worker of the Year: This is an award for the student who shone during their placement and had a significant impact, someone who through their work promises to be a fabulous social worker.

Social Work Practice Teacher of the Year:Every student social worker needs the guidance and expertise of a good Practice Teacher who is honest and fair, and who supports ethical practice in complex case scenarios in work settings.

Social Work Lecturer of the Year:  This category is recognising an inspirational Social Work Lecturer who is able to deliver learning with creativity and passion, and can link theory with the practice students need to become great social workers.

Social Work Team: This is for the team that made a real impact in their area of practice, their local authority, their Integrated Partnership, but most of all who delivered in an exemplary fashion to people who needs their services.

Our judging panel will also consider the nominations and decide whether to make a ‘special award’ in the following categories:

  • Leadership in Social Work
  • Service User Recognition
  • Best example of collaborative working in an integrated setting

The winners of the SASW Social Work Awards will be announced on World Social Work Day, Tuesday 20 March 2018, at a ceremony in the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, which takes the form of an evening reception starting at 5.30pm.  Those shortlisted will be invited with two personal guests and their nominators. There will be an invited guests audience and entertainment, and we aim to finish no later than 9.30pm.

The Period to Cover

The SASW Awards are for the work accomplished during the year 2017, although they will be presented in March 2018.

The Process and Nomination Forms

Completed nomination forms will be received by SASW no later than 31 January 2018.

Nomination forms can be downloaded below:

SASW Awards Nomination Form (PDF)Download as PDFGet Adobe Reader

SASW Awards Nomination Form (Word)Download as Microsoft Word document

Frequently Asked Questions

Details of Nominee

Please tick the nomination category and completed as much contact information as possible on the nominee.

Do I tell the person I am nominating?

We would advise you to inform them so they are not caught off-guard if they are shortlisted.  It is also an opportunity to let them know what fantastic work they have done!

Who can nominate?

Each nominee requires a minimum of two nominations – from the following three categories:

  1. From the person who is nominating, this could be a colleague, a line manager, a friend, a member of another organisation who wants to highlight this person’s contribution to excellent social work practice.
  2. From a person(s) using services – this is an important statement for the judging panel: how has the work with and for the person(s) made a difference or an improvement?
  3. From a Nominating Other e.g. work colleague, fellow student, head of department, partner organisation. Who agrees, who can corroborate that this person should be put forward to for this award? Please include all contact details in case we require further information.

A Judging Panel will meet to shortlist and select a winner during February 2018.

Second page of nomination form

Please complete as much contact information on those nominating – a minimum of two please.

Third page of nomination form

Each of the nominators have a section to complete their nomination, which can be continued on a separate sheet.

The Award

Each individual winner will be presented with the SASW Social Work Awards Trophy, funding towards a weekend break, and one year’s free membership of SASW.

The winning team will be presented with a trophy and a contribution towards a team event or outing.

Closing Date

Closing date for all completed nomination forms: 31 January 2018

For further information, please contact

SASW, Shandwick House, 67 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4SD


Telephone: 0131 221 9445

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