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Bridgend County Borough Council’s programme of support for newly qualified social workers has earned them an award at the Social Care Wales Accolades – the BAFTAs of the social care world.

The local authority took top spot in the ‘Developing a confident and sustainable workforce’ category at the prestigious award ceremony held in Cardiff City Hall.

Cllr Phil White, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, said: “We’re thrilled to have been recognised for the imaginative way that our programme helps new social workers get their careers off to the best possible start.

“New social workers are given support, teaching and mentoring through a mixture of in-house workshops and training events with outside speakers, as well as individual and group mentoring sessions.”

The biennial ‘Accolades’ awards, organised by Social Care Wales with support from partners and sponsors, are held to reward excellent practice in social work, social care, early years and childcare.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, said: “The National Social Care Accolades is a celebration of the fantastic work done by so many people within the sector. It’s an opportunity to share examples of excellent practice, which can in turn inspire others to strive for improvement and can attract and motivate others to work within this vital area.

“It was encouraging to see so many excellent projects among the finalists. Many congratulations to all involved in the Accolades, you should all be very proud of your achievements.”