LJMU student wins silver at the Social Worker of the Year Awards

A SOCIAl work student from Liverpool John Moores University has received national recognition after winning a top prize at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Joseph Vanlint won the silver award for Student Social Worker of the Year during the national event which took place last month in London.

The award recognises social work students who are surpassing expectations in their practical placements and in their understanding of the theory behind social work practice.

Joseph’s interest in social work was sparked by personal experience, and he commenced a Masters in Social Work at Liverpool John Moores University in September 2015. In addition to studying, Joseph has engaged in charitable work, spending three years as a music therapy workshop support worker for Mencap, volunteering with Student Action for Refugees and completing a placement with the ADHD Foundation, Liverpool. He has recently completed a successful placement at Liverpool City Council.

The judges described Joseph as a ‘fantastic ambassador for the profession’ and praised his person-centered approach and understanding of how social policy can impact upon the individuals, families, groups and communities he works with.

Cllr Tim Swift, Leader at award supporter Calderdale Council, said: “We are really pleased for Joseph. He is extremely committed, motivated, creative and enthusiastic and has great initiative – everything he needs to make an excellent social worker.”

Joseph was presented with his award by celebrity chef and awards patron Lorraine Pascale in front of an audience of over 400 social workers and representatives of the profession. The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams MBE, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession.

For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards visit www.socialworkawards.com.