Doncaster children’s Services Trust is celebrating after one of its social workers has been shortlisted in a national award scheme.

Linzi Nicholson has been shortlisted for Team Leader of the Year as part of the national Social Worker of the Year Awards, which celebrate the very best work delivered by the profession to support vulnerable children and young people. Linzi is among one of six children’s social worker team managers from across the country who will compete to win the top accolade at a glittering ceremony to be held in London in November.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Linzi said: “I am so surprised and overwhelmed by being shortlisted for Team Leader of the Year. Everyone in Doncaster works so hard so to be singled out for this honour is amazing. I always feel really lucky to work in Doncaster with colleagues and carers who are so child focused and feel this nomination further highlights Doncaster’s commitment to child focused social care.”

Tracey Sinnott, a Mockingbird hub foster carer is one of those who supported Linzi’s nomination. She said: “Linzi always makes time for foster carers and the children. All the children know her well – not because she is a fostering manager but because of her attendance at social events and activities.

“Linzi is always accessible to carers, through her participation in youth club activities, school holiday events, supporting fundraising for the Doncaster Foster Carers’ Association and other social fun days, like the summertime Christmas ball where she came sporting her best Christmas dress in the middle of August and danced to all the Christmas songs with the children and young people.

“Linzi is a breath of fresh air.”

That’s not the only good news, as the Trust has also been nominated for the Best Social Work Employer of the Year prize. The Trust is one of just seven organisations to be shortlisted for the award.

Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat, said: “We are thrilled that Linzi’s hard work has been recognised. Her passion for working with children and young people in care comes through in all she does, both as a manager and as a worker. You will often find Linzi mucking in at fostering events and spending the time to really get to know the children she cares for.

“Everyone at the Trust is incredibly proud of Linzi and we are delighted that she has been rewarded as a shining star by leading influencers in the social work sector.

“We are also excited that Doncaster Children’s Services Trust has been selected as a finalist for Best Social Work Employer of the Year. This is a real testament to all the hard work that has been delivered by everyone who works at the Trust and our partners to improve services for children and young people living in Doncaster.”

The awards were judged by leading influencers in the social work sector including Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers). People who have received support from social workers were also represented on the judging panel.