The innovation of the Council’s Through Care team has seen them shortlisted in the prestigious Social Work Awards.
Through Care, part of Children’s Services, provides social work and personal advice to young people in care from 12 to 25 as they make their way into the adult world.
The team has been shortlisted in the category for Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice following its work on the Channel 4 Superkids documentary and the way it has built on it to develop a local offer for Coventry children leaving care.
The Bafta-nominated ‘Superkids – Breaking Away from Care’, featured a group of our looked after children who worked with award-winning writer and performer Lemn Sissay MBE in a series of workshops exploring their feelings about being in care and writing poems to express them. It culminated in a performance of their work at the Belgrade Theatre.
Since then Through Care has launched its local offer for care leavers working with local organisations and partners to ensure our care leavers are given the best life opportunities.
Matt Clayton, Operational Lead for Through Care and Edge of Care, said: “This is a massive testament to everyone in the service, all have played a part in one way or another in this and so should all be really proud. A particular thanks to those directly involved in superkids and development of local offer but also to everyone else who has picked up other work to free people up to do this.”
Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The work the Through Care team does in supporting young people as they face so many difficult challenges in inspiring.
“Their work with Superkids and the subsequent local offer shows how they focus on the voice and the needs of the child and this shortlisting is thoroughly deserved.”
John Gregg, Director of Children’s Services, in supporting the nomination said: “The culture of creativity and innovation within the service means that it has an extremely dedicated and committed team. At a time when social work teams are struggling to retain staff Through Care has built a culture where staff want to be a part of it as the focus is always on improving outcomes for young people.”
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in London at the end of November.
The shortlisting comes as The Guardian has announced Children’s Services’ Social Work Academy has been shortlisted in its public service awards, while Superkids has also been nominated for a Grierson Award.