HILLINGDON’S Children in Care Council was honoured at an awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements of young people.

The team from Children’s Rights and Participation, part of Children's Services at Hillingdon Council, and eight representatives of Step Up (12 to 15 year-olds) and Stepping Out (aged 16 and over) attended the Kids Count Awards ceremony in the Commons. 

The groups were winners of the Inspire the House best community group award, presented by James Brokenshire MP.
Step Up and Stepping Out represent the views of children in care across the borough.

They raise the profile of the needs and rights of children in care and care leavers.

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Hillingdon’s nomination highlighted the key role that young people play in developing services.

In the past year, young people trained 127 multi-agency staff in understanding some of the difficulties they faced.

They wrote, produced, animated and voiced characters explaining what it was like to be a young person in care, called Walking in Our Shoes.

Kids Count is a national charity that gives young people a voice and a brighter future.