Successes of looked-after-children and care-leavers are celebrated

THE successes of looked-after-children and care-leavers have been celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Nearly 300 people attended the EPIC (Exceptional People in Care) 2013 award ceremony which celebrates the achievements of looked-after-children and care-leavers in West Sussex.

The awards celebrated the successes of 112 award winners, which ranged from first/primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, further education colleges, workplace learning providers and universities.

West Sussex County Council’s director of children’s services Stuart Gallimore said: “This was the second year for the awards in this new format. Thanks to recommendations from the West Sussex Children in Care Council, the awards have been revitalised and 
are a chance to celebrate the achievements of our looked-after-children and care-leavers.

“Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this memorable event. The stars of the day are always the children and young people and we heard some truly inspirational stories during the ceremony.”

Candidates were nominated for the prestigious awards by teachers, tutors, social workers and health professionals.

Those nominated were recognised for their achievements in four individual categories: achieving, progressing, supporting and overcoming.

Each of the 112 award winners was presented with a medal and certificate in recognition of their achievements.

The awards ceremony, which was held at the Charmandean Centre in Worthing, also saw the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Andrew Clarke, attend as one of the guests to celebrate the achievements of looked-after-children and care-leavers.

The awards were organised by social work and education staff members who work with looked-after-children and was also supported by Balfour Beatty as part of its Building Better Futures initiative. For more information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk