North Somerset Social Worker wins awards

A social worker who dedicated 30 years to helping children and families has been recognised nationally by picking up two social work awards.

Jenny Slee, who worked for the council for three decades and retired earlier this year, was nominated in three categories at the national Social Worker of the Year awards which were handed out at a ceremony in London on Friday night (30 Nov).

Jenny picked up the silver award in the Lifetime Achievement category and came first in the Team Leader of the Year – Children’s Services category, taking home the gold award.

Jenny said: “I am delighted to have won two awards – it was flattering to even be shortlisted but to go home with gold and silver awards is amazing.

“It’s wonderful to have the personal recognition. I would also like to thank my colleagues who have acted professionally and tirelessly with the soul aim of making a positive difference to children and families. The outstanding work of the team is also due to the support from other teams for instance, senior management, human resources, finance, legal and business support.

“These awards are very much a team effort, showing the combined spirit and support that has sustained us all.”

Cllr Jan Barber, executive member with responsibility for children and young people’s services, said: “This is wonderful news and I congratulate Jenny on her wins at the national Social Worker of the Year awards.

Jenny worked for council for many years and has always been committed to making a positive difference to the lives of the children, young people and families she has supported across North Somerset. I’m delighted Jenny has received this very deserving national recognition. Congratulations and thank you Jenny!”