Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
15 October 2013

SSAFA nominated for Social Worker of the Year Awards

Our worldwide team has been selected as a finalist in recognition of their outstanding work with the Forces family.


SSAFA nominated for Social Worker of the Year Awards

SSAFA Worldwide Social Work Services has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2013, as a result of their outstanding work with the children of our Forces and their families.

The Germany based team has been nominated for the Social Worker Team of the Year, Children’s Services prize. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony, taking place at the Lancaster Hotel in London on Friday 29 November.

Robert Templeton, SSAFA’s Director of Social Work commented, “It is an honour to have the work of the entire team recognised for providing positive and life changing support to forces families. This comes as we celebrate 50 years of delivering social work to the military community both in the UK and around the world.”

“Providing lifelong support, particularly for families on the move, has always been at the heart of what we do, along with offering the opportunities to gain lifelong skills that strengthen parents, families and ultimately our armed forces.”

The SSAFA British Forces Social Work Service provides a comprehensive social work service for children and adults, with statutory obligations akin to that of Local Authorities in the UK for child protection and safeguarding.

The team of 22 currently supports a military community of almost 40,000 military personnel and their families across Western Europe.

Recent examples of work undertaken by the team include:

  • The use of ‘Early Help’ and Positive Parenting programmes such as the ‘Incredible Years’
  • Delivering social care services comparable with that in the UK in Brunei and translated in Nepali for Gurkha families
  • The Solutions Project, a relationship counselling service delivered by professional social work staff and trained volunteer counsellors

Beverley Williams, the founder of the awards, explained: “These awards are about recognising the best work in the profession and to reach the finals is an outstanding achievement in itself. The awards aim to raise awareness of the challenging and diverse work that social workers do and they are helping to improve the reputation of social workers everywhere.”

Find out more about our social work services overseas and in the UK.