Nominations for the Scottish Association of Social Workers Social Work Awards have officially opened.

Now in their 12th year, the awards will be held on March 19th - the same day as World Social Work Day.

The theme for World Social Work Day this year is "Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships".

Social Work is all about relationships. Relationships with clients, with partner agencies, with others involved in people’s lives. Professional relationships, but also relationships where the use of self in human interactions plays a part.

The judges are looking for evidence about Scotland based professionals who engage with the people they work with and for using a skillset that has been developed over time, through training, experience, but above all, by being themselves and the best they can be in their job, which is about people, interaction and communication.

Do you know those people who are understanding, respectful, compassionate, kind, appropriately challenging, inspirational, prepared to stand up for people, calm, non-judgemental? What makes this person/ this team stand out? How do they make those essential connections, what are the relationships that support, protect, enable people to make changes? How do they manage to work within integrated settings, within communities, universities, other areas?

Nominations are invited for:

  • Social Worker
  • Student Social Worker
  • Social Work Team
  • Practice Teacher
  • Lecturer

You can provide your evidence in any creative way you want! It can be a written statement, a podcast done on your phone, a recording, a cartoon, pictures with headlines. Send in nominations by FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2019 to

Your application will be even stronger if you can get someone else, a person who uses services, a line manager or a colleague to reinforce what you are saying.

The shortlisted finalists are invited to attend an early evening event on 19th March in Edinburgh.


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