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Children's services

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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.

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Central Bedfordshire Council: Transforming multi-agency delivery

Cornwall Council: Gweres Tus Yowynk (Helping Young People)

Ealing LBC: Ealing Council Children’s Services

East Renfrewshire Council: Family Firm

East Renfrewshire Council: East Renfrewshire HSCP children’s services

North Lincolnshire Council: Services for children

West Sussex CC: Children’s services transformation 


Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive, Cheshire East Council

David Thomas, managing director, AlphaBiolabs

Robin Tuddenham, chief executive, Calderdale MBC

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