University of East Anglia expert launches prestigious social work awards in London

Prof June Thoburn (centre) at the House of Commons with (from left) Social Worker of the Year Awards

Prof June Thoburn (centre) at the House of Commons with (from left) Social Worker of the Year Awards patron Tim Loughton MP, shadow minister for children and families, Emma Lewell-Buck MP, chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and Richard Kemp, deputy chairman of the Local Government Association community wellbeing board. Picture: GENESIS PR - Credit: GENESIS PR

An award-winning University of East Anglia social work expert is spearheading a nationwide competition to find the best in the business.

Prof June Thoburn, who won the outstanding contribution award at last year's Social Worker of the Year Awards, launched the 2017 awards at the House of Commons.

Prof Thoburn said: 'It's been very exciting to be hosted in the Houses of Parliament. These awards really galvanise social workers and their employers to think about how important it is to show off the great work that they're doing.'

She started as a childcare officer in the 1960s before becoming a social work professor at the University of East Anglia in 1979.

She is now internationally recognised for her children's social care research.

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Entries for this year's awards open on Tuesday, March 28 and close on Friday, July 21.

Visit and entry forms are available to download from March 28.

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