Local social worker wins national award

A Sheffield City Council employee won a national award after providing support to a terminally ill mother and her 7 year-old child.

Dean Radford 37, won the Community Care’s Gold award for Newly Qualified Children’s social worker of the year of the Year.

He was nominated for his outstanding work after helping an African family, who had been moved to Sheffield by the National Asylum Support Service. He helped the mother and child secure housing and support.

Councillor Jackie Drayton said: ‘He is a shining example of our social workers and what they do to help our most vulnerable children, young people and families.’

The Community Care awards, held in London last week, recognises the achievements of the most innovative and dedicated social workers from across the UK. Mr Radford was up against 6 others in his category. The judge praised him for his work, calling him ‘tenacious, creative and passionate.’

Carly Speechley, Director of Children and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Dean worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges he faced in securing housing and support services in this case. By being appropriately and professionally assertive, using his knowledge and friendly persuasion Dean has been able to ensure that the family had all the services and support they needed.”