Regional Social Work Award (Learning and Development Team Award)

  • Hayes, David (Recipient)

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Joint recipient of Learning and Development Team award for an innovative teaching project which engages service users and carers in a meaningful way to assist first year social work students with their understanding of the complex and contested topic of social work values. The project involves small groups of students visiting service user and carer groups in their own community settings with a set of pre-agreed questions designed to prompt discussion of how values are translated into practice.The awards were hosted by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, and organised in partnership with the Health and Social Care Board, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and the local Health and Social Care Trusts. They promote and celebrate excellence in social work with awards being made in seven categories (four team awards and three individual awards) and an overall winner being selected from the seven award winners.Results from an evaluation of the winning project were published in the international journal 'Ethics and Social Welfare' in 2012 demonstrating that the project had a positive impact on both students, in terms of their understanding of social work values, and the participating service user and carer groups in terms of enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to the education and practice of future social workers.The project has been running since 2006 and has benefitted some 550 students and involved 14 different service user and carer groups. It is supported by annual funding from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council to facilitate service user and carer involvement in the social work curriculum.
Degree of recognitionRegional
Granting OrganisationsNorthern Ireland Social Care Council

Awarded at event

Event titleRegional Social Work Awards 2013
LocationDerry/Londonderry, United KingdomShow on map
Period20 Sep 2013 → 19 Sep 2014