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'Outstanding' work to help vulnerable folk deserves to be in spotlight, says Ross-based MSP

By Hector MacKenzie

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Maree Todd: Call for entries.
Maree Todd: Call for entries.

INDIVIDUALS and organisations working in local social services in Ross-shire are being urged to enter the Scottish Social Services Awards.

Nominations are now open for the initiative which has merged this year with the Scottish Association of Social Work Awards (SASW) to celebrate the best in social care and social work services.

There are almost 200,000 people working across the social services sector, which spans local authorities, universities, private and third sector organisations. There are ten award categories people can enter, including new accolades for a social worker and social work student of the year.

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, said: “It is excellent to see these award initiatives coming together to recognise the outstanding work across the sector to support vulnerable people and to help improve people’s lives. This new partnership will help to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to be recognised for the vital and life changing work that they do.”

Alistair Brown, national director of SASW said: “We are excited to be joining forces with SSSA for the first time. Our annual awards ceremony for the last 13 years has been one of the highlights of our calendar. By combining forces we will raise the profile of the social work profession and wider social services workforce. Social work can risk appearing a bit mystical because of its complexity and the confidentiality involved. This offers a chance for social workers to be acknowledged and celebrated for their vital defence of the human rights of the most vulnerable adults and children in Scotland.”

Anyone registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) or working for an organisation registered with the Care Inspectorate can enter or be nominated for an award.

Entries must be made online at www.sssa.scot before February 21.

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