Awards suc­cess for Cheshire East’s chil­dren and fam­i­lies team

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

TEAMS which look af­ter chil­dren and fam­i­lies are cel­e­brat­ing scoop­ing a num­ber of ac­co­lades.

Cheshire East Coun­cil won two awards at the Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple Now Awards, came highly com­mended in a third cat­e­gory and made the short­list in a fourth.

Staff, who are led by direc­tor of chil­dren’s ser­vices Tony Crane, walked away with the ‘chil­dren in care award’ for the coun­cil’s fos­ter­ing ca­pac­ity scheme, which awards grants to ex­tend or adapt homes or buy new cars to meet the needs of fos­ter­ing house­holds.

As part of its work, the scheme funded an ex­ten­sion which has en­abled a foster fam­ily to look af­ter sib­ling groups, who can be hard to place.

The ‘part­ner­ship work­ing award’ went to Cheshire With­out Abuse, a char­ity com­mis­sioned by the coun­cil to sup­port chil­dren af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse. Its work in­cludes one-to-one sup­port and pro­grammes to help build re­silience or re­cover from trauma.

Mean­while, Cheshire East’s early years and child­care team was highly com­mended for its early lan­guage devel­op­ment pro­gramme, while the coun­cil was also short­listed for the ‘youth jus­tice award’ for its pro­gramme to tackle harm­ful sex­ual be­hav­iour among young peo­ple.

Coun Rachel Bai­ley, cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “We aspire to be the best and the awards re­flected the teams’ tremen­dous achieve­ments, lift­ing the hearts of our staff who work so hard to en­sure that we make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

●● From left: Laura Em­brey, David March­ing­ton, Jasper Rossi and Re­becca Hughes from King’s School

●● Cheshire East Coun­cil staff are cel­e­brat­ing a num­ber of awards

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