Brookes graduate shortlisted for Student Social Worker of the Year

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Nabeela Talib

A recent graduate from Oxford Brookes University has achieved national recognition for her work in helping vulnerable children and strengthening communities.

Nabeela Talib, 24, who completed an MA in Social Work this year, has been shortlisted for Student Social Worker of the Year in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.  

81 social workers and social work teams from across England have been selected as finalists across 16 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services.  

Following an initial placement with Asylum Welcome as part of her postgraduate course, Nabeela joined Oxfordshire Country Council’s Looked-After Children and Leaving Care teams.  

Nabeela said: “The placement gave me an incredible understanding of children's social work and how social workers are practicing in such creative ways to help support young people. Although I was not in my chosen field working with asylum seekers, and slightly out of my comfort zone, I developed a great interest and passion for the work being done.  

As a social work trainee Nabeela managed a caseload of six young people carrying out regular home visits, reviews and planning meetings. In addition to working directly with the children, Nabeela spent time with foster carers, the families of young people, their support workers and other professionals.  

I was in a strange state of disbelief and awe when I got the email about the nomination. All I’ve done in these past two years of my MA is put my head down and put all my energy, life and soul into the placements as well as the academic work.

Nabeela Talib, Oxford Brookes University graduate

Nabeela will miss the award ceremony later this month as she is currently on work experience in Delhi with the Human Rights Law Network – a grassroots organisation made up of lawyers and social workers which has recently turned its attentions to the plight of Rohingya refugees.  

Speaking about being shortlisted 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 these past two years of my MA is put my head down and put all my energy, life and soul into the placements as well as 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.”  

Oxfordshire County 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. She’s also a great advert for the successful partnership we have established with our local universities, both in terms of practical training for students and recruiting local graduates into the profession.”  

Read more about Nabeela on Oxfordshire City Council's website.

Find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in social work at Oxford Brookes University on the website.