Cared for kids on way to success

A special event has been held to celebrate the achievements and successes of Northumberland’s looked-after children and young people.

More than 140 young people were nominated for awards by their social workers, foster carers and residential child care officers for excellence in personal achievement, education, and sports as well as group project achievements.

Children and young people from the Northumberland County Council Children in Care Council – Voices Making Choices (VMC), Young Voices Making Choices (YVMC) and Future Route decided to organise entertainment alongside a showcase of project achievements at Linden Hall, near Morpeth.

VMC member Hannah said: “I thought the event went really well. Everyone presenting did an amazing job and we had a great turn out.

“Everyone did really well with their speaking and some amazing young people got their awards.

“Everyone has achieved a lot and I can’t wait to see everyone back next year with hopefully more people nominated.”

National statistics show that looked-after children achieve considerably less well than others.

Policy member for children’s services, Coun Robert Arckless, passed on his congratulations to all these worthy winners and to all the young people at the event.