Hertfordshire Youth Services team 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.

The Participation Team from YC Hertfordshire were winners of the best `other’ Professional category and nominated by Catherine and Alice* who said:

“These professionals are truly the most caring, kind, young person centred, amazing, supportive people. They have done so much for us young people like organising days out, fighting for our rights, supporting us about anything and everything and so much more. The young people adore the Participation Team from YC Hertfordshire. Words can’t describe how thankful we are for having them around.”

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.

“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. They should all be very proud of themselves”

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

YC Hertfordshire provides youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and support for young people aged 13-19 (to 24 for young people with learning disabilities). For young people leaving care, support is provided to the age of 21.

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