Dedicated Hampshire adoption worker wins top award

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A Hampshire social worker has earned an award for her work in helping children in care find families where they can grow up safely and have the opportunity to succeed.

Jo Davis, from Hampshire County Council, was awarded Social Worker of the Year by the Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson MP at the First4Adoption National Adoption Week annual awards, which took place in London, during National Adoption Week.

The awards recognise and celebrate good practice and achievement among those working or involved in adoption in the UK.

Councillor Keith Mans, executive lead member for children’s services, said: ‘My congratulations to Jo on this wonderful and well deserved award.

‘I would like to also congratulate Jo’s colleague Charlotte Fairall for making it into the final along with Jo.

‘Our adoption service does a fantastic job, finding families for some of our most vulnerable children.

‘This is a tribute to the very high quality of work going on within our adoption service, judged by Ofsted as being ‘outstanding’.

It is testament to their hard work that two members of the team have received national recognition.’

Jo has worked for the council’s children’s services for more than 14 years.

Her nomination came from an adoptive parent who she supported through the adoption process and continues to support.

The judges were impressed by Jo’s dedication to her work – consistently going above and beyond the call of duty to support both adoptive parents and children who are being adopted.’