Children in care and care leavers celebrated

Young people from across Barnsley will be celebrating their successes at this year’s Children in Care and Care Leavers Celebration Event, on Friday 23 November.

Promoting young people’s increased involvement and participation has been a key focus for the council’s children’s services department, as reflected in its recent Ofsted inspection in which it was rated Good.

Children in Care are children and young people, aged from birth to 18 years old who cannot safely remain with their family and are cared for by the council until they are 18.

Barnsley also has a responsibility to young people when they leave care until they are 25 years old.

The celebration event recognises personal achievement and also helps to raise young people’s aspirations.

There are three categories of nomination: personal achievement; education, training employment and apprenticeships; and sports and performing arts, as well as group nominations.

This year, some 227 nominations for young people have been submitted from workers, foster carers, residential staff, and independent reviewing officers, who are asked to nominate in writing why the young person is being nominated. 

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “Some of our young people in care come to us with little confidence or self-worth, and it’s a pleasure to see them grow in confidence thanks to the support and patience of their carers. It’s wonderful that they are able to be recognised and congratulated in this way.

Everyone will receive recognition - the winners will be announced at the celebration event and presented with a certificate of achievement. 

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