A social worker from HMP Nottingham described as ‘exceptional’ has received national recognition by winning a top prize at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Ben Ross, an Outreach Workerworking within Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Offender Health team at the prison, was named Adult Social Worker of the Year as a result of his outstanding work with adults.
Ben’s role is unique within the prison service, where he specialises in supporting individuals with mental disorders or learning disabilities leaving prison. The judging panel commended him for his role and felt he was showcasing excellent social work practice in challenging conditions.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Ben. “I’ve been working at HMP Nottingham since January 2010 and it’s always an interesting challenge. To have my work recognised like this is just fantastic.”
Following announcement of the awards at a ceremony in London, Ben was presented with his prize at a special gathering in front of colleagues and directors at HMP Nottingham.
James Rook, managing director of headline sponsors and awards organisers Sanctuary Social Care Group, who presented the award to Ben said: “He is a very deserving winner as it is clear his supportive role with vulnerable adults is making a significant difference to the local community. I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate him; he is a clear role model for the social work profession.”
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are organised by a registered charity with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the social work profession.
For more information about the awards, please see www.socialworkawards.com