Queen’s Jubilee Honours: Academic hails post-CBE social work research recognition

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An academic hailed the growing recognition of social work research after earning a gong in the Queen’s Jubilee Anniversary Honours.

Jill Manthorpe, professor of social work at King’s College London, was awarded a CBE – the highest award outside a knighthood or a dame – for her services to social work and social care research.

She spent two decades leading, first KCL’s Social Care Workforce Research Unit, and since 2018, the Health and Care Workforce Research Unit. social services from the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR).

As such, much of her research has focused on social care personnel, while she has also specialized in adult social care, in particular protection and dementia.

“Recognition of Social Work Research”

Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work, King's College London

Jill Manthorpe

On receiving the CBE, she said: “This award is further recognition of the importance of research in social care and social work. I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to our research; especially during pandemic pressures.

She also highlighted increased government investment in social care research through the NIHR, which announced a £5million-a-year increase in sector funding in Aprilwith funding of £90 million worth of studies commencing over the past three years.

“It’s hugely inspiring to learn from people who are passionate about their work to make the world a better place,” Manthorpe said. “This award recognizes the substantial investments made by the government in social care and social work research and its manifold achievements.

MBE for a social worker who founded a charity for orphans

Among the social workers was an MBE for Emma Cox, whose experiences volunteering in Romania in 2000 inspired her to co-found a charity dedicated to caring for orphaned and abandoned children. Now called Humanitas, the charity works across Europe and Africa, providing residential and foster care for orphaned and abandoned children, as well as health care and education for people in need. situation of extreme poverty.

Cox, a former senior practitioner at Central Bedfordshire, was also recognized for this work at the 2019 Social Worker of the Year Awards, when she received the top gold award in the Championing Social Work Values ​​category. Her MBE was for Child and Family Social Work and Overseas Voluntary Work.

Karen Cook, who until last year was Head of Social Work and Social Care and Head of Adult Care at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, a position she held for five years, was also recognized for her services to social work.

Cook, who joined the trust in 2006, graduated as a social worker in 1994, working primarily in adult mental health in London, and also spent two years as vice-chairman of the Adult Principal Social WorkerNetwork.

She said she had always been “very proud to be a social worker and felt honored to be able to support people in times of crisis”, and that the award would help her “continue to support and promote the profession”. .

“An incredible advocate for social work”

The British Association of Social Workers and Cook’s former trust honored him after his award was announced.

There was also an OBE for social work services for Dawn Shaw, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Guardian At Litem agency, which represents children involved in public law proceedings.

Meanwhile, the leader who took Sunderland’s children’s services from ‘inadequate’ to ‘exceptional’ in just three years has also been awarded an OBE.

Image by Jill Colbert, Executive Director of Together for Children

Jill Colbert, Executive Director of Together for Children

Jill Colbert became chief executive of Together for Children – the trust set up to run the city’s children’s services in 2017 – and director of children’s services in 2018 just after Ofsted gave Sunderland a second grade insufficient follow-up. However, last year the trust received Ofsted’s highest rating after an inspection found that the ‘focus on continuous improvement’ of the ‘highly committed’ Colbert had transformed the culture to put children first and to their voices.

Commitment to improving the lives of children

Sunderland council chief executive Patrick Melia paid tribute to Colbert, saying she had “helped transform services for children in Sunderland and helped make a real difference to the lives of children in the town”.

Colbert, whose honor was for Child Welfare Services, said: “I am forever grateful to have had a career that gave me the opportunity to work with children and families. I hope that in accepting this honor I am also paying tribute to the many colleagues I have worked with who have also dedicated themselves to improving the lives of children.

There was also an OBE for Ofsted’s deputy director, social care regulation and policy, Lisa Pascoe, a former social worker.

Lisa Pascoe, Ofsted

Lisa Pascoe, Ofsted

Pascoe, who has worked at Ofsted since 2005, said she was ‘humbled’ by the award, adding: ‘I see it as recognition of the work we do every day at Ofsted for children.

“But, for me, of course, the heart of it all is our work within social protection and in all our remit for the most vulnerable, defending the rights and needs of children and, in particular, children who have too often less voice in the chapter. .”

Another recipient was Peter Fahy, who has been director of adult services at Coventry council since 2015, having previously served as deputy director in the city.

Chief adult social worker Lyn Romeo praised Fahy on Twitter, saying her MBE, for services to local government and vulnerable people, was “well deserved”.

Others honored by Social Care include:

  • Corinne Baisden, Registered Care Manager, Managing Care Limited, awarded an MBE for social care and community services in London, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Kate Thompson, Additional Care Services Manager, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, received an MBE for Social Care Services.
  • Julie Shield, Registered Manager, Abbeyvale Care Centre, did an MBE for Social Care Nursing Services.
  • Tina Jegede, head nurse for care home quality at the London Borough of Islington, who also obtained an MBE for social care services.
  • Natalie Bissessur, Registered Manager, Sunnyside House, who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her adult welfare services.
  • Paul Evans, BEM winner for Services to Nursing in Social Care, in his role as Senior Support Worker at Action 4 Care.
  • Lisa Carmody, Community Support Worker and Training Manager, Quartz Care, also awarded a BEM for Social Care Nursing Services.
  • Graeme Conley, Director, Monument View Children’s Home, Sunderland, awarded an MBE for services to children and young people.
  • Afia Choudhury, a foster parent from Tower Hamlets, awarded an OBE for services to children.
  • Susan Hunter, an Edinburgh council foster carer, who was awarded an MBE for children’s services
  • Stephen and Deborah Lawlor, foster parents at West Sussex County Council, who have been awarded MBEs for childcare.
  • Brigid Robinson, managing director of Coram Voice and the association’s youth programs, who also received an MBE for child and youth services.

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