Central Bedfordshire Council scoops four prizes at the National Children and Young People Awards

  • Shortlisted in six categories, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Children’s Services team scooped four awards at the National Children and Young People Awards.

Held on 28 July, the 2020 awards ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 but with restrictions easing the team were able to attend the rescheduled ceremony in person to collect their awards.

Rebecca Gooch and Chloe Lovell won the Wellbeing Award, which recognised their work to promote good wellbeing for children and young people throughout the pandemic. Both worked to support children and their families and other professionals to recognise the importance of wellbeing in promoting positive mental health. 

Carol Stewart won the Leaving Care Award after the judges recognised her commitment to helping young people leaving care to transition to adulthood with the skills and support to have the best possible start.

In the Children and Families Social Worker Award category, the team did the double and took both the winning spot and the Highly Commended prize! Emma Cox won the award with the judges recognising her support for children requiring long-term fostering placements. And Rebecca Knight was Highly Commended for going the extra mile for the children in her care.

After being nominated, all those shortlisted for an award attended an interview with an independent panel of judges to further discuss the work that led to their nominations. 

Cllr Sue Clark, the Executive Member for Families, Education & Children, said, “Our Children’s Services team is made up of some exceptional individuals who work incredibly hard to ensure the best outcomes for the children in their care. To be shortlisted for awards like this is an incredible achievement, and to win is a testament to the dedication of our team. I’m incredibly proud of their work, and am thrilled they have been recognised in this way.”

The National Children and Young People Awards celebrate excellence in care for children, young people and families, showcasing innovation and best practices and paying tribute to individuals or organisations who excel in quality care provision.

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