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Suffolk pays tribute to the achievements of Looked After Children

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015.

Suffolk County Council has paid tribute to the achievements of children in its care at a glittering awards ceremony at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Halloween horror was the theme as guests dressed to impress at the seventh annual Looked after Children Awards. This year the event, which celebrates the achievements of children in care in Suffolk, was officially opened by Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones.

Hollyoaks and EastEnders actress Carli Norris was on hand to present certificates to the children celebrating various milestones and achievements from the past year, ranging from 100% attendance at school, settling in with new foster carers and learning new skills such as horse riding and musical instruments.

Suffolk County Councillor Stephen Borroughes, Member with Special Responsibility for Looked After Children said: “This event was a perfect way for us to mark the achievements and efforts made by our Looked After Children.

“It really is a wonderful event that celebrates all the fantastic things that the children have achieved in the past year. It is vital that we recognise the progress they have made and offer encouragement for the future.

“Many of the children here today have gone through some very difficult times and have endured hardships that many would find difficult to imagine. It has been an inspiring event that motivates us all to continue to work hard to ensure that children in care get the best outcomes and results in life.”

Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: "It was a real pleasure to be able to celebrate the achievements of so many talented children and young people – This event is always a highlight of the year.”

The annual awards are organised by C2C - Suffolk’s Children in Care Council. The group are young people who themselves have been through the care system and are committed to improving services for other children and young people in care.

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