THE PRINCIPAL Social Worker at Coventry City Council’s Children’s Services has been made an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, who joined the authority in 2016, has been recognised for his services to social work.
In just four years he has made a huge contribution to improving Children’s Services, making it a great place for social workers to learn, develop and continually improve.
He has established Signs of Safety as a way of life across social work practice, created and developed the Social Work Academy and launched Practice Week which continues to challenge and improve the city’s work with children and families.
Mr Pardy-McLaughlin said it was truly an honour to be recognised.
“I have been involved in social work for a long time, but I am still inspired every single day by the people I work with whose dedication and professional care makes such a positive difference to young people’s lives.
“The last 12 months have been an incredible challenge for everyone, but these difficult times have shown more than ever the importance of social work as a profession and I want to thank social workers locally, regionally and nationally for all they do.”
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Coun Pat Seaman, paid tribute to Mr Pardy-McLaughlin, adding the award was very well-deserved.
“Having worked closely with Lee over the last few years I know just how much dedication and determination he has to improve social work practice in Coventry so we can provide the very best outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families.
“Many congratulations Lee from me and the whole council.”
Lee will be leaving Coventry in January to take on a new challenge at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Sarb Bhambra has been appointed as the Council’s new Principal Social Worker and will begin the role in January.