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Social work marks success in Parliament.

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ACIVIL servant crowned Social Worker of the Year celebrated her success in Parliament. Faye Wilson, of Bothal, near Morpeth, followed up November's Outstanding Contribution to Social Work gong - awarded for her contribution to mental health social work - with a visit to the House of Commons to help launch this year's categories.

Faye, who has more than 40 years of experience in mental health social work as both a practitioner and manager, was a guest of England's chief social worker for adults, Lyn Romeo, and awards sponsors The College of Social Work.

She said: "Winning the award back in November and then being invited to the House of Commons has been a wonderful experience. It's so important to represent the social work profession and for the voice of the profession to be heard. It is important to celebrate what social work does across the country, which is taking service users on a journey and helping make a difference to their lives."

Mrs Romeo added: "It's wonderful to be able to celebrate social work in the House of Commons.

"As a profession, we are quite humble and don't like to shout about the good work that we do. However, we must take credit for our achievements - it's important for ourselves, the people who we work with and the profession as a whole."

Michelle Smith, head of member services and external affairs at The College of Work, said Faye was "an extremely worthy winner".

She said: "For many years she has been dedicated to the needs of her clients, striving to make a difference to their lives."

The award scheme was founded in 2006 by independent practitioner Beverley Williams, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession, and is organised by charity Social Work Awards.

Entries open on March 30 and close on July 24. There are 17 categories in total across both children's and adult services.

For more information, visit |socialworkawards.com

'It's wonderful to be able to celebrate social work in the House of Commons'

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Faye Wilson, centre, at the House of Commons with chief social worker for adults, Lyn Romeo, right, and Michelle <BSmith, of The College of Social Work

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