Clare is Scotland’s top student

Clare Edmondson (centre) with Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell and Graeme Rizza, Convener of SASW.
Clare Edmondson (centre) with Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell and Graeme Rizza, Convener of SASW.

A Stranraer woman has been named Student Social Worker of the Year by the Scottish Association of Social Work.

Clare Edmondson, who now works as a children and families social worker for Dumfries and Galloway Council, received her award from Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell at a special ceremony in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

Clare, 42, was a BA (Hons) social work student at the Open University when she completed her final placement at an adult learning disability team in Stranraer. Before her degree, she had worked as a social work administrator and family support worker.

Nominated for her work with people with complex health and social care needs, Clare is described as a “skillful communicator” with a wonderful approach and sense of humour who is very supportive of colleagues.

Clare said: “This award is a wonderful accolade. To receive this recognition at national level, especially among such skilled and equally deserving individuals, is a tremendous honour and brings a great sense of pride and achievement.

“The award is in recognition of the work I did with a young man who has cerebral palsy and profound learning disability. It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to be involved with him and something I will never forget. I am so happy that I was able to make a difference in his life.”

Aileen Campbell said all those who had been nominated were standard-bearers for their profession and a credit to Scotland.

“Social work is truly life-changing work. And it is also one of the most demanding and complex tasks which we as a society ask any group of people to do on our behalf,” she said.