29 November 2017

A Sheffield City Council employee who helped a terminally ill woman from Africa and her seven-year-old child to secure housing and support in the city has won a national award.

Dean Radford, age 37 from Sheffield City Council has won Community Care’s Gold award for Newly Qualified Children’s social worker of the year after helping the family who had been moved to Sheffield by the National Asylum Support Service.

The Community Care awards, held an event in London last week, recognise the achievements and successes of the professions most innovative and dedicated social workers from across the UK.

Dean stood out to the judges as someone who is “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.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Congratulations to Dean on his award. He is a shining example of our social workers and what they do to help our most vulnerable children, young people and families.

“Good social work changes lives and whilst the career can be challenging, it can also be hugely rewarding for those who want to make a difference.”

If you are interested in a careers in social work – whether you have experience or not visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/jobs .