Trainee shortlisted for national award

Nabeela Talib is the running for the Student Social Worker of the Year award

AN Oxfordshire social worker has been shortlisted for an award for her work with refugee children.

Nabeela Talib, 24, has won a place in the finals for the Student Social Worker of the Year at the profession’s top annual award ceremony.

She has worked with children across Oxfordshire, young refugees and is currently in India with the Human Rights Law Network, an organisation made up of lawyers and social workers, helping Rohingya refugees.

Nabeela completed her Master’s degree at Oxford Brookes, and took on a training placement with Oxfordshire County Council where she worked on a caseload overseeing six young people.

Nabeela said: “I was in a strange state of disbelief and awe when I got the email about the nomination.

“All I’ve done in the past two years of my MA is put my head down and put all my energy, life and soul into the placements and the academic work.

“I don’t feel as though I’ve done anything particularly special – it’s only because I’ve had amazing mentors along the way and they’ve helped me harness my passion for social work.”

Nabeela’s interest in social work developed as a teenager after her family began fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

As part of her university course she also had a placement with Asylum Welcome and afterwards joined the council’s Looked-After Children and Leaving Care teams.

She said: “Children’s social work gives you the unique opportunity to work with children and young people who are in vulnerable situations and are marginalised in one way or another by society.

“Not only do we get the chance to support them in their journey, but we get the platform to make a difference to the generation that is our future.”

The council’s cabinet member for children and family services Steve Harrod said: “Nabeela has been a great asset to our children’s social work teams and shown herself to be an excellent practitioner.”

The winners will be announced later this month.

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