Praise for the way council supports care leavers

Posted on Wednesday 19th January 2011 at 8:30 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council has been recognised as a model of good practice for the way it supports young people leaving care.

The National Care Advisory Service (NCAS), which is the national advice, support and development service focusing on young people’s transition from care, has awarded the council a Quality Mark in recognition of its commitment to offering a high standard of employment opportunities for young people.

Cllr Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, said: “This is a wonderful achievement which recognises the hard work of our dedicated staff who ensure young people leaving care are supported during this challenging time.”

The From Care2Work Quality Mark was designed with the full involvement of young people and therefore reflects what they themselves view to be important when supporting their journey to employment.

Congratulating South Gloucestershire on its successful application, a NCAS spokesman said: “We can’t stress enough how valuable the opportunity to ‘grow’ in a supportive environment can be to young people.”

“We particularly noted strong corporate parenting commitment, the WHAT NEXT programme and good partnership working in service development.”

“We would like to congratulate you on gaining the Quality Mark and thank you for enabling us to ‘benchmark’ this good practice.”

The award was marked by an event hosted by the Leaving Care Advisory Service in London.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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