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Winner: Hartlepool BC – Children’s services
Hartlepool BC’s children’s services is an ambitious, innovative and strong performing service. A recent Ofsted inspection said local arrangements are “highly effective” and rated three categories as good and a fourth category – the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers – as outstanding.
Judges’ comments: The council gave a passionate and honest presentation clearly demonstrating innovation, partnership working, ambition and effective care for their staff and young people. An eagerness to learn and share best practice shone through, with challenges used to spur improvement rather than to justify any shortcomings. In short, it was inquisitive, curious, modest and impressive, demonstrating their commitment to young peoples’ voices.
A word from the award’s sponsor
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Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive, Cheshire East Council
David Thomas, managing director, AlphaBiolabs
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