A social worker who supports children, young people and families in the city has won an industry award for outstanding practice.

The Frontline Awards celebrate the dedication, passion and resilience of social workers who support children and their families across England.

Arthur Scott who works at Portsmouth City Council was recognised for his efforts to forge meaningful relationships, providing support, without judgement, using techniques to communicate and bring families together.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said:

“Social workers are one of the many unsung heroes of society who support people during challenging times. Our city deserves kind and compassionate people just like Arthur who can nurture relationships in a way that works for everyone.

“I would like to congratulate Arthur for his efforts to bring warmth and compassion to every child and young person he supports and the families who benefit from his efforts. It’s fantastic to see our incredible staff being recognised and celebrated.”

Arthur won the ‘Frontline Award for Practice’ in recognition for using innovative techniques to promote engagement with parents/carers. He effectively manages boundaries, ensuring the families feel listened to alongside their child or young person.

Arthur Scott, restorative practice facilitator at Portsmouth City Council said:

“I was absolutely blown away when I was shortlisted but to win an award for my work is next level. All of this is completely unexpected but brilliant at the same time.

“Social work is very much a team effort. While I’ve won this award, it’s also a big boost for my team who support families day in, day out. We love our jobs and I think it shows in our work. I would like to say thank you to everyone who was involved in putting me forward for this award – it means a lot.”

Nirvana Curley who manages Arthur, put forward his nomination for the award to highlight his successes.

Nirvana said: “Arthur is an inspirational social worker who genuinely cares about those he works with. He listens carefully, showing no judgement and is always kind. He can engage with families with ease, building rapport with them. Arthur’s efforts have not gone unnoticed – so I was keen to put forward his efforts in the Frontline Awards.

“When we found out he had been shortlisted, we couldn’t wait to tell him. It was an amazing opportunity to pause and celebrate his work and look back at his achievements. To win the award is one step further, showcasing his incredible work on a national stage. I would like to congratulate Arthur for all he does to support our community.”

As part of the nomination, feedback from colleagues and families was submitted to highlight why Arthur should win the award.

  • Arthur is what a social worker should be like. He’s amazing with young people and is always child focused. He’s a massive advocate for the young people he supports.
  • He is positive and warm and has a really calming manner. The young person we work with always has good things to say about Arthur. Their relationship has developed quickly.
  • Arthur is always enthusiastic when working with young people who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions due to their childhood experiences. Arthur takes time to listen to young people and talks things through with them.

For more information on children’s social work at Portsmouth City Council, visit www.strongerfutures.co.uk