Welcome note from Jenny
Welcome to another edition of CS News.
It seems to have been another very busy month and I have virtually attended many interesting and motivating events.
I recently attended the CHICC staff and carers awards ceremony. This is always a very moving occasion and it’s a shame, like all our events this year, was held virtually. Nevertheless, it was still very special, and I would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees. I think it’s always such an honour when our children and young people recognise and show appreciation for the work and support are colleagues give.
I also took part in a very interesting online discussion with young people from CHICC, which you can read more about in this edition, as well as all the creative work that took place during National Care Leaver’s week and the YCH Services for Young People Awards. Again, well done to those involved.
Another very insightful event I attended was the virtual learning session with young carers, where they shared their experience of Covid19 and lockdown. Some struggled particularly with their mental health, uncertainty of the current situation and how they missed their friends. But we also spoke about the positives, including the time spent with their families during lockdown, and how pleased they are to be back in school and see friends and teachers. It was a good opportunity for us to understand how best we can support them, especially with their emotional health and wellbeing, and how we can work in a more joined up way across CS, CCGS, the voluntary sector and schools to respond to their needs at this time.
You may have already seen the Department of Education evaluation that was recently published. This showed that the Family Safeguarding Model developed in Hertfordshire was effective at keeping more children safely within their families and helping parents to achieve lasting change. You can read more in this edition.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your continued commitment and hard work during these very difficult times, even more so as we now enter further national restrictions.
Despite all the challenges we face and how tiring it can be, it never ceases to amaze me how creative our school staff and children’s services are, by constantly striving to engage with our children and young people to provide the very best we can, and that truly is amazing. It makes me proud. Well done.