Merton Council’s Children, Schools and Families Department won a national Children’s Services Award for their work with families of children in need.
The annual awards by the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) recognised the hard work and improvements that continue within the department, and their ability to provide an excellent standard of service for children, young people and their families.
The proportion of Merton’s children and young people in care is now the second lowest in London, and is still reducing, despite an increase in the overall population of young people and children within the borough.
“We have made a dramatic shift in our approach to the traditional methods used in the past when working with children in care”, explains Dave Hill, Director of Children, Schools and Families at Merton Council. “The council promotes ‘positive parenting’ and works hard at developing partnerships with parents to support them in providing quality care for their children. ”
Councillor Deborah Shears, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: ” We are pleased that the LGC has recognised the hard work and innovative practices the Children, Schools and Families Department has provided our community. The council has a strong belief that children should be supported in their families wherever possible, and I commend the team’s proactive and conscientious approach to supporting children and their families cope with difficult situations.”