Association Congratulates President on Award Achievement

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday, March 10 2010
Embargo: Immediate

The association of Directors of Adult Social Services has responded warmly to todays announcement that current President Jenny Owen has received the prestigious Merit Award from members of the Social Care Association. The award is for someone who has or has had an involvement in social care and is made to someone who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has advanced the cause of the social care services in a demonstrable manner.

The Award judges were able to highlight Jenny's "long and commendable service to the sector as well as her recent powerful advocacy of the Dementia Strategy, taking forward the cause of some of the country's most disadvantaged people."

Ms Owen was co-chair of the National Dementia Strategy during her vice-presidential year, 2008-2009.

In its tribute, the SCA also drew attention to her Presidential address at Harrogate in October last year in which she highlighted the fact that 92 per cent of the care workforce were social care workers rather than social workers and that, in most cases, would be responsible for the direct practice of social care.

Sarah Pickup, ADASS Honorary Secretary, said that this had been the first time that a serving President of ADASS or its predecessor Association ADSS had received the award, and tendered the hearty congratulations of the ADASS membership as a whole on an Award going to 'such an eminently deserving individual.'

Ms Pickup added: "Jenny has now entered an elite group of ADASS/ADSS directors to have received this award, treading in the footsteps of Adrianne Jones (1995), Sir William Utting (1997), Dame Denise Platt (1994) and Jennifer Bernard (2005). The Association is very proud of her."

Jenny Owen said: "I was very surprised and delighted to receive this award from SCA. They are a hugely important and influential membership organisation and I would like to thank them very much for honouring me in this way."

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For further information, and photographs of Ms Owen call Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, on 020 8348 5023/07976 837755