Shortlist Announced For Scottish Care Accolades

A diverse range of innovative social service projects and organisations have made the shortlist for the Care Accolades 2008, the “Oscars” for the sector in Scotland.
The Care Accolades, now in its fifth year, is organised by the SSSC in partnership with the Scottish Government.  The national event is open to social work, social care and early education and child care organisations in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 13 June at the five star Hilton Glasgow Hotel and will be hosted by TV presenter Kaye Adams.  The event highlights and promotes good practice and innovation in the social service sector. 
Carole Wilkinson Chair of the Judging Panel said: “It has been fantastic to see such a high standard of entries to the Care Accolades again this year. This really demonstrates the hard work and commitment of the social service sector in Scotland.
“It is always difficult to choose a shortlist, especially when the calibre of entries is so high. However this year’s short list really stood out in terms of innovation, sustainability and long term potential.
  “The Care Accolades is a really important event for the sector. It provides social service workers with the opportunity to reflect on their practice and celebrate their achievements. Workers in this sector provide such a vital service to Scotland, it’s important that their hard work and dedication is acknowledged.”

Care Accolades 2008 Finalists
Successful and innovative initiatives to retain staff
•         Dundee City Council, Social Work Department
Involvement of people who use services in any aspect of the organisation’s work
•         North Ayrshire Council, Interlink Day Services, Fergushill Centre
•         Barnardo’s, SPACE Service, Dundee
•         South Lanarkshire Council – Partners in practice
Initiatives that promote integrated working that improve services
•         South Lanarkshire Council – Lanarkshire drug treatment and testing project
•         North Ayrshire Council, Social Services, Community Development Team – Redburn gypsy/travellers project
•         Fife Council, Social Work Services – Multi agency access to the fife child protection register
Innovative and/or imaginative learning and development in the workplace
•         South Lanarkshire Council – Developing a research culture
Highland Council, Social Work Services
•         CHILDREN 1ST and Glasgow School of Social Work – A continuing practitioner research programme
Innovative practice learning frameworks that promote service user and staff involvement
•         Robert Gordon University – Developing an innovative practice learning framework that promotes service user and staff involvement
Best Scottish social service team, unit or service from the voluntary, public or private sector
•         South Lanarkshire Council, Cathkin Community Nursery
•         Falkirk Council, Stenhousemuir Children and Families Team
•         Renfrewshire Council – Mentoring support project Overall winner
An overall winner will be announced on the day from the winners of all the categories.