Awards win for Hillingdon's adolescents team
Tuesday 10 December: The council's adolescents team is celebrating after achieving awards success.
The team was announced as the winner in the Care category for the Guardian Public Service Awards on Tuesday 26 November at 8 Northumberland Avenue in Central London. It then received a silver award in the Team of the Year, Children's Services category in the Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 29 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, west London, presented by TV chef and emotional wellness advocate, Lorraine Pascale.
Both awards recognise the team's groundbreaking, outstanding social work, which is having a positive impact on vulnerable young people and their families.
The Guardian Awards celebrate projects, teams or individuals working in the public, private or voluntary sectors, making a difference to people's lives. The second awards, organised by the Social Work Awards charity, 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.
The adolescents team has adopted forward-thinking intervention techniques to support and empower young people to stay safe, reduce conflict and remain in their home.
They work with children from 12 years old who are at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, serious youth violence or family breakdown. Their innovative approach gives young people more choice in their care, allows them to select their own social worker, offers increased support and education to parents, and gives social workers greater control over how to spend their budgets to resolve issues and support the young person's needs.
These measures are making a difference, resulting in reduced risk-taking behaviour, increased school and college attendance, more engagement with social workers, less conflict in the home and fewer young people being taken into care.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: "This is an amazing result and we are delighted that our adolescents team won a top award and come second in another, for the tremendous and important work they carry out to safeguard young people.
"This is people driven rather than system led and we are seeing the benefits of looking at things in a different way. Vulnerable young people are engaging with their social worker more quickly, which is ultimately helping them and their families get the correct help and support they deserve.
"This result recognises the positive outcomes we are achieving as a beacon of good practice."