Kerry Cannon, a social worker from Rainham, has been presented with the outstanding contribution by a social worker award at The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards.
The awards, supported by The Adolescent and Children’s Trust celebrate Kerry’s extraordinary contribution to foster care during the last 12 months.
The award ceremony, hosted by TV star Holly Willoughby and attended by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge brought together foster carers, children and young people as well as people from the fostering community across the UK.
Kerry, who works in the Swale district is extremely committed to her role as a children’s social worker and tries to ensure that every young person gets the right support and is settled and happy. She is always ready to receive calls from the young people she is responsible for and has been known to sit with young people until 1am if they need her support.
Steph, a young person who Kerry works with and who nominated her, said: “Kerry goes out of her way to make sure every child is treated properly. She treats every young person like her own. She is the kindest, most hardworking woman in the world. And she is still able to get down with the kids!”
Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services at Kent County Council said: I am delighted Kerry has received this award, this a tremendous achievement and she should feel very proud. We are extremely lucky to have such dedicated social workers like Kerry here in Kent.”
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: “Social workers are the backbone of our care system. Kerry’s work to support children and families over the years is an inspiration to anyone now starting out in the profession.”
Find out more about The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards on The Fostering Network’s website: https://www.fostering.net/