Young people leaving care scheme wins national award

A pioneering project created by Cornwall Council that supports young people leaving care has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.  Cornwall Council, in partnership with Carefree, won the title for Best Service Delivery Model at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The partnership has resulted in care leavers working as social workers in the leaving care service and participation service and has also enabled care leavers to be personal advisers. Carefree also has an apprentice personal adviser who is care experienced and this has helped to provide a unique insight into the lives of care leavers and considerably helped develop the service. 

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Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “No question this is well deserved! Our care experienced professionals & young people have helped us get it right.

“We know that all of the personal advisers are tenacious in maintaining contact and see young people regularly.  This has resulted in almost three quarters of young people being in education, training or employment, which is one of the highest rates in the country.”

Carefree supports young people by offering positive activities, events and projects that help young people develop their social and emotional skills. 

Sally continued: “Our partnership with Carefree has contributed to our achievements as a council and helped us to continuously develop the service. We continue to listen to young people and recognise the importance of emotional health and well-being of care leavers.”

Kerryann Curnow is a care experienced professional and she was at the awards last night: “As a care experienced professional I am proud to live in Cornwall, provide services in Cornwall and be a positive role model for children in care and care leavers. It is fantastic that the LGC recognised the brilliant work done by the council and Carefree to get the best outcomes for children in care and care leavers.”

Cornwall Council was also shortlisted for three other awards including Gweres Tus Yowynk or GTY (Helping Young People) in the Children’s Services category, Warm and Well Cornwall programme in the Public and Private Partnerships category and in the Council of the Year Award. 

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Julian German, said: “To be finalists in four categories in the LGC Awards is a great achievement and one our teams should be rightly proud of. Special congratulations go to the children’s services team and Carefree on winning their award.”


Story posted 14 March 2019