Award-winning social worker praised for her leadership skills

Tracie Collins is presented with her award by James Rook from sponsor Sanctuary Social Care and Andrew Ireland from category sponsor Kent County Council, at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Tracie Collins is presented with her award by James Rook from sponsor Sanctuary Social Care and Andrew Ireland from category sponsor Kent County Council, at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

A social worker who manages a Biggleswade team has been praised for her excellent practice and leadership after winning a top prize in a national awards scheme.

Tracie Collins, who works at Central Bedfordshire County, was named runner up in the category for Team Leader of the Year for Children’s Services in the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Tracie is the practice manager for the authority’s Biggleswade team, which is described as one of the best performing teams in children’s services, and was praised by the judges for her commitment to staff development and social work in general.

Speaking just after she collected her award, Tracie said: “It’s an absolute honour to win this award. It’s an overwhelming reward for many years of hard work and being at the awards and being shortlisted has been a great experience.”

The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 27 in London.

Andrew Ireland, corporate director of social care, health and wellbeing at award sponsor Kent County Council, said: “I was delighted to present Tracie with the silver award.

“She leads by example and her dedication to her team is exemplary – she is an outstanding leader and role model and is a real asset to her organisation.”

Tracie was presented with her award before an audience of 370 social workers and representatives of the profession.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession. She remains on the board of trustees.

The awards are open to qualified practitioners throughout England with a range of individual and team categories for those working in both children’s and adult departments.

The Social Work Awards Ltd is a charitable organisation seeking to improve the awareness, understanding and reputation of the social care sector.

This year the awards have been supported by headline sponsors Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate partners, the British Association of Social Workers; and category supporters the NSPCC, Core Assets, iMPOWER, the Local Government Association, UNISON, Barnardo’s, Kent County Council, ECL - The Care and Wellbeing Company, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council.

For more information about the Social Work Awards, visit www.socialworkawards.com