We had a special award ceremony at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow for the Residential Child Care Awards 2019. As always, the standard of entry was extremely high and below you can find out more about the awards, and who the lucky winners were for this year.
Many, many congratulations to all the winners and runners up. You are super stars!
The Graham Bell Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of the commitment to young people shown by Graham thoughout his working life, and marks his retirement as as the Chief Executive of Kibble Education and Care Centre in 2017. Graham has a long history of working with SIRCC and CELCIS, supporting and contributing to SIRCC conferences for many years.
This award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the residential child care sector in Scotland over a sustained period of time and this year we were delighted to present this award to Lynda Taylor.
Lynda is a qualified Social Worker who chose to devote her career to working in residential child care, driving up the profile of residential care and relating this to theoretical perspectives. She has worked in a variety of local authority roles over the oast 25 years, 15 of which have been in leadership roles in the local authority areas of Edinburgh and Renfrewshire. Lynda is supportive of her staff whilst always challenging poor practice and judgemental attitudes, encouraging discourse and driving forward an agenda of improvement. Her knowledge base is rooted in the theory of residential child care and she was a champion of trauma informed care and social pedagogy years before it became widely known and embraced.
We asked young people to nominate a residential child care worker, past or present, to be residential worker of the year for 2019. They were asked to tell us what makes their worker extra special and super supportive, what had they done to make a difference, or have big changes happened because of them?
This year's winner, Caitlyn Ross, was nominated by Samantha.
The Top Team Award celebrates the collaborative efforts, communication and determination of our winner to improve the lives of children and young people.
The Dream Team Award is also nominated by the young people to highlight a great team of residential child care workers who made a difference, provided support, given advice, and challenged them.
With the Breaking Barriers Award, we recognise the importance of working together and creating connections.
The winner of the Learning Leaders Award makes the most of learning opportunities for staff.
The Shining Stars Award showcases our winners' inspirational way of working within residential child care.
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