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Local social worker recognised in ‘Amazing Social Worker’ campaign

Wednesday, 1 May 2024

One of our social workers has received national recognition of her outstanding contribution to the social work profession.

Rebekah Pocock

Rebekah Pocock, who is newly qualified and in her first year with us, has been recognised in the Amazing Social Workers campaign, championing the exceptional work happening across the UK social work profession. It is run by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), the UK’s largest professional body for social work.

The campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the achievements of individuals and teams, whilst also highlighting the vital importance of social work to our communities.

Rebekah was nominated by her manager for her approach to social work, noting that she ‘excels in her direct work with children’ and is able to create meaningful and positive changes.

Part of her nomination read:

Her direct work with young people has been praised by colleagues, other professionals and judges alike. A judge recently was able to bring proceedings to a close much earlier than expected as [a report by] Rebekah was so clear.

The nomination highlighted a recent case, where Rebekah supported a young person to tackle their issues, helping them feel empowered. It also noted that families she has worked with have expressed gratitude toward her, saying they "owe everything to Rebekah," thanks to the support she has given during some of the most challenging times of their lives.

Rebekah said:

I feel incredibly honoured to be nominated by my team at such an early stage in my career. I am grateful for the support they provide, and I am reminded what a privilege it is to do my job every day. Advocating for children, young people and families is a passion and I am extremely fortunate that I am able to do this. I would also like to recognise the families I work with and the strength and resilience I witness from them every day.

A total of 148 individuals and teams were recognised this year, including frontline practitioners, students, managers, leaders, educators and newly qualified social workers.

Councillor Hayley Whitaker, our Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

Social workers make a profound difference to people's lives every day. Their commitment and compassion are invaluable, ensuring that our communities receive the support and care they need. This recognition underscores the vital role that social workers play.

We are incredibly proud of Rebekah’s achievement; her work exemplifies the essential role that social workers play in our communities. Congratulations to her on this well-deserved award!

Commenting on the awards, BASW UK Chair, Julia Ross said:

BASW is delighted to once again run the Amazing Social Workers campaign. It has been an excellent opportunity to recognise examples of inspiring and creative practice, shine a spotlight on our social work community and thank social workers everywhere for the countless positive contributions they’re making to people’s lives.