Carole Goodman wins Lifetime Achievement Awards at Social Worker of the Year 2019

We are pleased to announce that Cafcass Assistant Director, Carole Goodman has received the Social Worker of the Year (SWOTY) Lifetime Achievement award for her outstanding contribution to social work.

Carole’s years of dedication to social work and determination to make things better for children and families has guided her throughout her career. Colleagues have described Carole as ‘always acting as a strong advocate for the voice of the child in the room’; and that her ‘passion for improving the lives of children through continuous improvement of services has been infectious’.

Carole joined Cafcass in 2007 and has been at the forefront of many key improvements and changes within the organisation, including work on dispute resolution which helped shape the national private law programme, the launch of the Supporting Separating Parents In Dispute (SSPID) helpline pilot, and the introduction of a Co-Parent Hub, as well as taking a leading role in implementing initiatives that played a significant part in Ofsted rating Cafcass as outstanding for leadership.

Cafcass was also nominated in the Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice category for the ‘How it looks to me’ app. The innovative app is child focussed and enables children to share their thoughts, wishes and emotions through a creative electronic tool. Practitioners can directly embed the results into court reports, bringing the child’s voice to life and ensuring that their views are heard and clearly conveyed in court proceedings. A short demonstration of the app is available here.

Cafcass Chief Executive, Jacky Tiotto said:

“What a deserved accolade for Carole! Congratulations and how lucky are we to have had you at Cafcass for so long and being so brilliant! Well done and thank you! This award confirms what a difference Carole has made to Cafcass, to children, to families, carers and the wider sector over her many years of service. Of equal importance though, is how wonderful it is when public servants like Carole, who give so much are recognised in this way. She has been acknowledged now in our profession as someone who has changed the lives of children and their families for the better and she can be truly proud.  Brilliant!”

“As does Cafcass being shortlisted for a second award in the Innovative Social Work Practice category, this too is an honor. The team working together to create the app can be proud of the contribution they have made to support children and their families, and I am proud to be working alongside such wonderful colleagues. Thank you.”

*The full list of winners is available on the Social Worker of the Year Awards website.

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