Hertfordshire Foster Carers recognised for work with children and young people in care

Published: 27 Aug 2019

The Young People’s Awards were held recently at Hertford Castle. This prestigious award ceremony is held annually and gives children and young people who live in care an opportunity to thank the professionals who have helped and supported them.

Organised by The Children in Care Council (CHICC), young people in care nominate social workers, carers and other children’s services professionals for the awards. All winners and runners up were judged and decided by them.

CHICC is run by and for young people in care and care leavers in Hertfordshire; they listen to the views of young people with the aim to improve the experience of being in care. They also help young people in care to meet others in similar circumstances and arrange events and activities throughout the year where they can meet up, talk to each other and have fun.

There were two winners in the `Best Carer’ award as the panel couldn’t decide between them. Foster Carer Linda Crawford was nominated by Amanda* who said: “Linda is always here for me. She is kind, smart and easy to talk to. Even when I’m down she knows how to cheer me up. She helps me to be safe and supports me.”

Yasmin Shariff who is also a Foster Carer, was nominated by Ravi and Rajesh* who said: “Yasmin is the most kind, caring, generous person we have ever met. She works super hard and is always there for us when we are in our difficult and good times. We go on trips and we do loads of things together as a family but most importantly she makes the best food. Our foster brother, Hamza, is a really good brother and always looks out for us and has a heart of gold.”

Yasmin said: “It was a real shock to receive the award, I couldn’t believe it but I’m truly honoured.”

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, presented the awards which were also attended by Teresa Heritage, Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, who said;

“It’s so pleasing to see the number of children and young people in care who took the time to nominate and thank the team of social workers, carers and other professionals who support them.

“Our foster carers inspire and help to change the lives of many children and young people and they should be proud of the fantastic contribution they make.

“I would like to thank all our staff for their dedication and hard work to provide the best possible outcomes for our young people in care.”

For more information about CHICC visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/chicc

*Any children and young people mentioned in this story have had their names changed to protect their identities.