A SOCIAL worker has been nominated for a national award for her exceptional work with Southend children.

Brittany, who has been a children's social worker for Southend Council for more than six years, has been put forward for the prestigious award in honour of World Social Work Day, which falls on Tuesday, March 19.

Brittany was put forward by a foster carer who submitted her name as part of March’s celebrations held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

The BASW uses March to celebrate ground-breaking social workers and their remarkable efforts.

Her nomination recognises her innovative work in the field, especially her initiatives to support and help the local community.

The foster carer who nominated her described how Brittany always holds the children's best interests at heart, guiding them through their time in the care system.

Brittany said: "Being able to spend time working directly with children is what I love most about my job.

"Some of the children I support have not had the best start in life but by spending time with them, listening to them and helping support them in any way I can, I hope that I’m making a difference to a child’s live.

"It really is heart-warming, especially when they share their achievements with me both big and small, that’s the best feeling and makes me proud to do the job I do."

Southend Council is calling on more people like Brittany to step forward and make a difference in local children's lives.

Helen Boyd, councillor responsible for children’s services, education and learning, said: "I want to take this opportunity to thank Brittany for the incredible work she does and congratulate her on receiving this nationally-recognised award.

"This is a fantastic achievement and highlights the amazing work our social workers do to help the children of Southend.

"If Brittany’s story inspires you, please do get in touch with us to find out more about joining our amazing social work team."

For more information about opportunities in social work, potential applicants can visit Children’s Services – Southend Council jobs (job-essentials.com).