A Merton Council employee has been shortlisted for a social worker of the year award in recognition of her work with children in care.

Barbara Doh-Nani has been selected as a contender in the Team Leader of the Year in the children’s services category.

Ms Doh-Nani and her team give support to young people over the age of 16 who are in or leaving care resulting in young people continuing in education, remaining in their foster placements and taking up a variety of work and apprenticeship opportunities.

She said: "I am thrilled and proud to be shortlisted.

"There are many dedicated people who work in social work across the country, and it’s great that my work has been recognised in this way.

"The people who work in my team are important to me and the young people we work with make it all worthwhile."

Councillor Maxi Martin, cabinet member for children’s services said: "Social work is both challenging and rewarding, and Barbara brings the best to the profession.

"She ensures she gets to know each young person as an individual and is available for our young people to speak to and seek advice from."

The awards ceremony will be held at the end of November at the House of Commons.