Honours for social team

22nd June 2011'Social workers have been given awards by Unison for their work. Pictured with Pat Garbutt outside the town hall L/R:Sandra Manuel, Susan Frank, Carylyn Scott and Hannah Ferguson.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
22nd June 2011'Social workers have been given awards by Unison for their work. Pictured with Pat Garbutt outside the town hall L/R:Sandra Manuel, Susan Frank, Carylyn Scott and Hannah Ferguson.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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SOCIAL workers were honoured for their commitment to the profession with national awards from public service union Unison.

Of 13 awards for outstanding social work given out at Unison’s annual conference in Manchester five went to Wakefield-based social workers.

Christine Fawcett, Hannah Ferguson, Susan Frank, Sandra Manuel and Carolyn Scott were praised for their hard work after being nominated by colleagues and managers.

Pat Garbutt, the council’s cabinet members for adults and health, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for the five social workers themselves and a reflection of the excellent standard of social care in this district.

“It makes a refreshing change to see them rewarded like this for their professionalism and commitment. Congratulations to the award-winners and I hope their achievement will inspire others to go that extra mile to look after the people in their care.”

Elaine McHale, the council’s corporate director for family services, said the awards showed Wakefield was setting a high standards of social work.

She said: “Wakefield is setting the pace for others to follow. Winning five out of 13 national awards for outstanding work is a credit to these individual social workers and recognises the professionalism and high standards of care we are providing in this district.

“I congratulate the five winners and I’m sure their success will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

The awards scheme was set up by Unison to recognise the achievements of around 40,000 social workers who are members of the union.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Every day, social workers help thousands of children and vulnerable adults, but this work often goes unseen. It really is one of the toughest jobs going.

“But behind these daily struggles are real stories of lives changing.”