Wick Children's Centre Manager Wins Award
25th March 2010
Social work award for Tracey Taylor
The "outstanding leadership skills" of a Highland children's centre manager have been recognised with an award.
Tracey Taylor, Unit Manager of The Highland Council's Wick Children's Centre, was highly commended in the "Residential Care Worker of the Year" category of the annual awards held by the British Association of Social Workers in Scotland. She received her award from Children and Early Years Minister Adam Ingram at a ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.
Tracey works with young people who are in care aged 12 to 17. Since taking up her post two and half years ago, she has raised staff morale and improved team working to provide the young people with a higher quality of care. This has resulted in some very good inspection reports.
She said: "This award is a reflection of the motivation and dedication of staff who work hard to develop a culture whereby we are able to deliver a service to the young people we work with, which they can be involved in, and feel they can say thanks to the staff when they have made a difference to their lives."
Harrier Dempster, Director of Social Work, said: "Tracey is held in high regard by her team and all who work with her. I have been very impressed with her skills in engaging and working with young people, showing them sensitivity, respect and providing clear boundaries. She is a positive role model for all residential child care staff."
The BASW Scotland Social Work Awards are aimed at recognising the people who work - day in, day out - helping people to change their lives. The winners receive a trophy to keep, a weekend break in Europe and a year's free membership of BASW.
Children and Early Years Minister Adam Ingram, Tracy Taylor and Graeme Rizza, Convenor of The British Association of Social Workers
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