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Nominations open for Children In Care & Care Leavers Awards

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A series of awards to recognise the achievements of children in care and care leavers launched this month. 

The annual Children In Care & Care Leavers Awards are a celebration of achievements; both personal successes and recognition of efforts to support other people and causes. Every child or young person in care will have had different experiences in life, and this event is designed to acknowledge how these children and young people have made a difference to their own lives or those around them.

Categories include the make a difference award, super skill award, heart of gold award, job and enterprise award and moving on award specifically for care leavers. Awards are broken down into three age groups, 8-10, 11+ and care leavers. There’s also a special helping hand award for an adult who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of a young person.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people, said:

The awards are designed to inspire children and young people to strive for success, knowing that the council is behind them every step of the way.
They provide an opportunity for a child or young person to get the recognition they deserve and demonstrates how proud we are of their progression to adulthood.
I look forward to these awards every year and never fail to be inspired by the drive, compassion and achievements of our children and young people in care.

Nominations come from those who know the children and young people best, such as social workers, teachers and carers. However anyone can nominate for an award.

Deadline for entries is 31 January 2022 and nominations can be made online.

For further information visit, call 01384 815174 or email

The awards will be taking place on 29 April at Dudley College.


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