Department for Child Protection (DCP) social worker, Michelle Charlton, has been crowned the 2012 WA Social Worker of the Year at an awards ceremony last night.
Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney congratulated Ms Charlton, saying her tireless and admirable work in child protection was vital to Western Australia.
“Michelle has clearly changed the lives of the children and families she works with for the better and her dedicated work, in an area that can be highly challenging, should be applauded,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“These awards are vital in celebrating the dedication, passion and creativity of people in the social work profession.”
The WA Social Worker of the Year Awards were held last night at The University of Western Australia.
“The social work profession doesn’t always gain headlines for the good work that is done, but our social workers deliver a service which is at the very heart of a community,” the Minister said.
“They support those who may be disadvantaged; safeguard vulnerable children; and help build stronger families and communities across WA. They give so much of themselves in the process of this gracious and vital work, and for that they should be recognised and applauded.”
Ms Charlton is a team leader in Fremantle and was also presented with the Rising Star Award, recognising her outstanding performance as a recently qualified social worker. She also took out the overall WA Social Worker of the Year Award.
The Minister also congratulated fellow DCP colleague, Sophie Staughton, who won the Rural and Remote Practitioner category.
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