Awards recognition for county council’s work with children and young people
LANCASHIRE County Council has again made it through to the finals of the prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards 2017.
The awards, now in their 12th year, recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that make a positive impact on people's lives.
Lancashire has been nominated for three awards with the winners due to be announced on Wednesday, November 22.
The county’s Children and Young People’s Participation Team have been nominated for the Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award. This recognises an initiative that enables a child or young person to make a difference in their community, or to their peers, through volunteering, social action and campaigning.
The nomination recognises the authority’s innovative approach to ensuring that the views of children and young people (up to the age of 19, or 25 if they have a disability) are considered when decisions that can profoundly affect their lives, are made.
Barnardo’s Lancashire Young Carers have been nominated for the Young Carers Award recognising the initiative that has done the most to support children, young people or young adults up to 25 who care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction.
This includes providing support to meet carers’ educational, health, social and emotional needs; helping carers who have previously been unidentified by services; and working with families to reduce inappropriate levels of caring.
The team has been nominated in recognition of the innovative actions to help young carers in the county, including the allocation of a project worker to help to reduce the impact of their caring role on everyday life, and the establishment of a ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ support group.
And the Lancashire Children in Care Council (LINX) has been nominated for the Children in Care Award which recognises the local authority or care provider that has done the most to improve outcomes for looked-after children and young people.
The group is run by Barnardo’s on behalf of Lancashire County Council and works on projects and consultations that have a direct impact on their lives, and on other young people who are being looked after.
County Councillor Susie Charles, the authority’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved with these successful initiatives. It is a real achievement just to be nominated nationally, and fantastic recognition of the very important work that takes place between the county council and its partners.”