Students wins award for leadership of social work team

Tracie Collins receives her prize at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Tracie Collins receives her prize at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

A social work student has been recognised for the role she plays in developing and supporting her team.

Tracie Collins, who studies at the University of Bedfordshire, has won a silver award for Team Leader of the Year for Children’s Services, at the Social Worker of the Year Awards held in London.

Tracie is studying part-time for an MA in Applied Social Work: Leadership and Management course while at the same time working as a practice manager with the Family Support Team for Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC).

She was nominated for the award for in recognition of her work in developing students and newly qualified social workers and is a key contributor to Central Bedfordshire Council’s engagement with the Department for Education, Step Up to Social Work initiative.

Tracie said: “I was earnestly grateful for the recognition I received for my work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was capable of winning.

“I entered social work with the desire to affect positive change for children, young people and their families. Leading a team is not done in isolation and it is the inspiration I have received from my seniors, my colleagues, my staff and my students for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.

“I am passionate about being part of, and influencing social work in a way that fits. I am grateful for this milestone which indicates that I am doing a good job.”

Tracie originally graduated from the university in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Social Work. She also has successfully completed the Post-Qualifying Graduate Diploma in Specialist Social Work (Children, Young People, their Families and Carers).

Amanda Thorpe, head of social work at the university said: “Tracie is just the sort of social worker we try to encourage our students to become.

“She is generous with her knowledge and ensures that her work is informed by current research. The fact that she continues to develop her professional knowledge, now undertaking her post qualifying Masters degree, is testament to that.”