Nominations for the 2012 Residential Care Worker Awards are now open. The awards aim to recognise, celebrate and encourage work of the highest standard that contributes to positive outcomes for children and young people living in residential care in Victoria. They also give residential care workers the opportunity to recognise the often uncelebrated work of their colleagues.
Awards will be made in two categories, the Residential Leadership Award and the Residential Carer Award. For the Residential Leadership Award, the RCLDS Reference Group is seeking examples of exceptional leadership through innovation, systems thinking and team development. The Residential Carer Award will recognise the provision of innovative and high quality care of children and adolescents in residential care.
While we recognise there are many support services such as therapeutic specialists and other targeted support roles in residential care that significantly contribute to quality care for children, the RCLDS Reference Group believes the focus should remain on people employed to provide residential care given that the awards were first established to promote the exceptional work being performed by this group of carers.
The application form can be downloaded below. Applications must be emailed or faxed to the Centre as indicated before Friday 4 May 2012. The Awards will be announced at Resi Rocks 2012, which will be held on Wednesday 6 June 2012.