Social Worker of the Year Awards

Jenni Randall, a trainer and associate at  David Niven Associates won a top prize at a prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards. She was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel, sponsored by the British Association of Social Workers.

Since becoming a social worker in the 1970’s Jenni has dedicated a lot of her life to the profession, specialising in the field of children’s residential care. She was involved in setting up the Who Cares movement which champions the voice and rights of young people living in care and fights for juvenile justice.

Jenni said that the profession she’d been part of for more than 40 years still was very special to her – particularly for all the clients and young people that she’s worked with. The judges described her as the ideal social worker – someone who is professionally innovative and personally committed to those she serves.

David Niven Associates has always been aware of Jenni’s value and high reputation. The training she provides with David Akinsanya for us ‘Working with Looked After children: An experiential perspective‘ has always been incredibly well received. This focuses on how to best work with Looked After children and their carers. With David’s experience of having been in care himself and now making films on the subject and Jenni (who was David’s social worker) delivering the full scope of her knowledge from a professional point of view the experience is incredible for the various audiences that have listened to them. The key to this is the way that they deliver their training in a seminar and experiential style as opposed to just straight forward teaching. It really would be worth any agency who works with children to get in touch with us and get Jenni and David to do some work with them. All those who have had that experience have raved about it afterwards. Email for further information and sign up to the form on this page to receive updates from my blogs and David Niven Associates.

Listen to interview with Jenni 

Listen to interview with David

The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by an independent social worker Beverly Williams. This year the awards have been supported by Sanctuary Social Care, The College of Social Work, BASW, Christies Care and Community Care. An audience of 300 social workers and other representatives of the profession saw Jenni being presented with her award. The Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb and Edward Timpson the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State For Children and Families both provided special testimonials.

It’s always been a matter for discussion within the social work profession as to whether they should have the same annual glitz and glamour ceremonies as other professions. Seeing this first hand made everyone there feel special and valued and as far as David Niven Associates is concerned seeing the pleasure it gave Jenni and the genuine good will generated towards her reinforced the feeling that this was a worthwhile event and worth celebrating.

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