STARs at Trust celebrated

Flying high on the success of their recent Ofsted inspection, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust teams have been awarded for their dedication and contribution to improving the lives of local children, young people and families.

The Trust's STAR Awards, held for staff and external workers, aim to celebrate all the wonderful work achieved throughout the year to support children and young people.

A record-breaking 170 nominations were narrowed down to around 40 individuals and teams who attended the final last week. A total of 15 winners were announced in a wide range of categories.

With categories including the prestigious Social Worker of the Year award, ASYE of the Year award and Support Team of the Year award, the winners echo the praise from the Trust’s recent Ofsted inspection where ‘Good’ was achieved across the board.

The Chief Executive’s Young Advisors were honoured with the Chair Award for Outstanding Contribution by Trust Chair Colin Hilton. On presenting the award to the Young Advisor attendees, Becci and Fanso, Colin cited their exceptional work on the Hear Me training programme, which helps people to understand the life of young person in care, has taken off with bookings from organisations across the country.

The gong for Social Worker of the Year went to Leonie Hegedus, who was nominated by her colleague who said: “She’s a brilliant Social Worker! What really struck me with Leonie is how much she cares.

“If she thinks a child needs something and someone says no, she will fight to do her best for the children until they get what she thinks the child needs.”

On receiving the award, Leonie said: “I was shocked, [to be nominated] but I was very happy – it’s really nice to be recognised for what I do.”

Winner of the coveted ASYE (newly qualified Social Worker) of the Year award was Josie Westmoreland. She was nominated by colleague Deanna Coward, an Advanced Practitioner at the Trust, who reported the quality of Josie’s work to be highly impressive.

Deanna said: “Her work is just outstanding. Everyone from Safeguarding to Judges to a Barrister has commended her work - she has just excelled in her first year of practice. She’s a credit to the team and to the Trust.”

Upon accepting the award, Josie said: “I was a bit surprised! But it was nice seeing the comments that they said about me.

“I get amazing support from my manager and the advanced practitioner as well – I could not do it without them, at all.”

the award for Support and Corporate Team of the Year was the Safeguarding Business Support Team. Nominated by Laura Gough, she credits their abilities in being a friendly and comforting presence for people in difficult circumstances.

After securing the award, team member Ellie said: “It feels good. We feel appreciated and recognised for all of our hard work – we’re trying to represent business support across the Trust. We all come into work wanting to do a good job so it’s nice to be nominated.”

The awards were announced to staff just two weeks after the Trust received an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ across the board, with Chief Executive Paul Moffatt thanking the teams for their hard work and dedication to improving lives in Doncaster during the event.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Chief Executive, Paul Moffat, said: “We are very proud of our recent achievements being praised and recognised by Ofsted inspectors for providing good services. We couldn’t have achieved our transformation in children’s services without the hard work and dedication of our young advisors, staff, partners and foster carers.

“Every one of the finalists were worthy winners as they all go above and beyond every day to make a difference to the lives of children and young people. They are all stars in my eyes.”

For further information about the staff STAR Awards, or the recent Ofsted inspection, visit

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