Amazing work by all of you and so many others across the residential child care landscape.

Congratulations – Winners of the Children & Young People Awards 2020

Congratulations – Winners of the Children & Young People Awards 2020

A number of members won prestigious awards last week – CONGRATULATIONS to you all!

Winners of the Children & Young People Awards 2020

  • The Care Employer Award (Independent)

Harvinder and Sukkbir Singh, Calcot Services for Children

Harvinder and Sukkbir were excellent examples of caring, professional employers who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and compassion towards the young people and staff in their organisation.

  • The Newcomer Award

Emily Powell, Sea Sanctuary

Emily is very passionate about the service she works in and about how the service benefits young people. Her assured personality and confidence in her own self-development were a by-product of this, but it was refreshing to see the main focus for Emily was improving the lives of the young people in her care.

  • The Support Worker Award

Molly Mcillroy, Sea Sanctuary

Molly demonstrated that she was passionate about her role, child-focused and clearly wanted the best for the young people in her care. Molly was able to explain how she uses her training and qualifications to help not only those in her care but also her colleagues. Her colleagues have recognised her as being a hard-working member of the team. Well done Molly!

  • The Registered Managers Award 

Highly Commended

Nia Jones, New Horizons (NW) Ltd

Nia is an inspirational Registered Manager who empowers the staff team with her passion for reflective practice to drive forward outcomes for the young people at Douglas House. Her commitment and drive to develop the staff team and improve outcomes for young people were demonstrated throughout her interview. In this highly contested category Nia’s achievements are recognised in her being highly commended by the judges.

  • The Registered Manager Care & Education

Jake Shelton, Kedleston Group

Jake is a Registered Manager for six homes and his commitment to continuous improvement has seen him lead the introduction of risk assessments led by young people, improved relationships with uniformed services, and the introduction of large group international holidays to build memories for young people and staff. He has realised his ambition to facilitate change from a position of leadership and actively shares his good practice with other services to support improvement for young people broadly and not just in his care. 

Highly Commended

  • Emma Hemmings, Oracle Care & Education

Emma is an experienced Registered Manager in a care and education provider who is passionate about supporting staff to be the best they possibly can, be in whichever service they work, and give young people a voice and the skills to be independent. She has changed the language used in her homes from institutional to child-led and family-orientated.

  • The Children’s Home Team Award 

Highly Commended

Hardwick House Team (Robyn, Toni, Lisa, Marie, Natasha), Keswick Care

The Hardwick House Team very much came across as more of a family than a team of staff. They were all very passionate and demonstrated a strong work ethic. They gave very good examples of how they work together as a team. The operations manager was very proud of the work the team had put in and the positive outcomes achieved.

  • The Children’s Home with Education Team Award 

Fountain House Team, Five Rivers Child Care LTD

They came across as a cohesive and resilient team. They got involved in community activities such as the street play project. They clearly listen to the views of the young people and include them in everything they do, including recruitment. They were collaborative in their approach, there was no visible hierarchy and their respect for each other was evident. The welfare of the young people is at the heart of all their working practice.

  • The Safeguarding of Children Award

Highly Commended

Jack Binks, Arronbeth Ltd

Jack was very confident and represented the company very well. He demonstrated an excellent understanding of safeguarding and gave positive examples of how children at the home have been safeguarded. Jack was evidently very passionate about what he does, and he is invested in the service provided. Jack demonstrated how staff at the homework very well as a team and work collaboratively with the relevant authorities to ensure children are sufficiently safeguarded.

  • The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care

Rachel Redgwell, Calcot Services

Extremely passionate and dedicated in changing the perceptions of looked after children and advocates regionally and nationally for positive changes to policy and legislation to support the rights and needs of children and young people. An inspiration to her team as has dedicated her time to supporting staff to become passionate professionals striving to achieve the best for the young people. Has supported the young people to create a THIS IS ME video that is used by the NHS as part of their training resources.

Amazing work by all of you and so many others across the residential child care landscape for the benefit of the children you care so much for, well done!