National award for Hampshire adoption worker

A Hampshire social worker has earned a top award for her work in helping children in care find families where they can grow up safely and have the opportunity to succeed.

Jo Davis, from Hampshire County Council, was awarded ‘Social Worker of the Year’ by the Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, at the First4Adoption National Adoption Week annual awards which took place in London, during National Adoption Week.

The Awards recognise and celebrate good practice and exceptional achievement among those working or involved in adoption in the UK.

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “My congratulations to Jo on this wonderful and well deserved award. I would like to also congratulate Jo’s colleague, Charlotte Fairall, for making it into the final along with Jo. Our adoption service does a fantastic job, finding families for some of our most vulnerable children. This is a tribute to the very high quality of work going on within our adoption service, judged by Ofsted as being ‘outstanding’. It is testament to their hard work that two members of the team have received national recognition.”

Jo has worked for Hampshire County Council’s Children’s Services for over 14 years. Her nomination came from an adoptive parent who Jo supported through the adoption process and continues to support. Describing Jo as: “not just a social worker, but an inspiration and true professional who never stops. A superwoman and a special breed.”

The judges at First4Adoption were impressed by Jo’s dedication to her work – consistently going out of her way to support both adoptive parents and children who are being adopted. In their view, Jo proved herself as a “true professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

Cllr Mans added, “We are always keen to hear from anyone who feels they have what it takes to adopt, or to foster, and I would urge anyone considering adoption to get in touch to find out more, by contacting our Adoption and Fostering Team on 0300 555 1384 or by visiting our webpages at”

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