Published Thursday, 31 December 2020
Lee Pardy-McLaughlin has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Lee is the Principal Social Worker in Children’s Services and is being recognised for services to social work.
He joined Coventry City Council in 2016 and in a short time his achievements have made a huge contribution to making Children’s Services 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 as well as launching Practice Week which continues to challenge and improve the city’s work with children and families.
Lee said: “It is truly an honour to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for services to social work. 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, Cllr Pat Seaman, said: “This is a very well-deserved award. 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.