Inspiring' children's social worker wins national award

Wed, 05 Dec 2018
An 'inspiring' East Riding social worker has been named newly-qualified children's social worker of the year, at a national awards ceremony.

Jessica Raper, who works in children's social care for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, won the gold award at the Social Worker of the Year Awards in London.

Jessica was nominated for her inspiring work with children and families, which included a number of complex cases.

Before qualifying as a social worker, Jessica completed a fine art degree and the judges said the way she applied her creativity to social work practice really shone through her nomination.

Jessica said: "It was lovely to be part of such an uplifting event, which celebrated some of the fantastic social work happening across the country. I feel honoured to have won the award and would like to say a huge thank you to those who nominated me, my fantastic managers, my hard working colleagues who have supported me through the beginning of my career and most of all, to the wonderful young people who I have the pleasure of feeling proud of and inspired by every day."

Councillor Julie Abraham, the council's portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "The work our social workers do is crucial to the lives of so many children and young people. It is fantastic that one of our own has been recognised with such a prestigious award. Jessica should be very proud of her achievement and I would like to add my congratulations."

Eoin Rush, head of children and young people support and safeguarding services, said: "Jessica consistently goes the extra mile and feedback about her performance and approach is invariably positive.

"Her positivity and her determination is contagious. It inspires and enlivens all those around her. We think that Jessica is a star and shining example of how excellent children's social work should be delivered."


Caption: Jessica Raper (right) receiving the award from Rachel Dickinson, from award sponsor Children's Social Work Matters