The City of Wolverhampton Council has been shortlisted in 5 categories at this year's Children & Young People Now Awards – with 5 services and 1 young person all in the running for national recognition.

Its Reach Leaving Care and Support Accommodation teams have been shortlisted in the Leaving Care Award, while the Partnership Exploitation and Missing Hub is in the running for the Safeguarding Award.

Wolverhampton's Youth Offending Team's Divert programme has been shortlisted for the Youth Justice Award, while the Co-production Team and the Reach Leaving Care Team, for the second time, are shortlisted in the Public Sector Children's Team category. Finally, Kye Barton is in the running for the Children's Achievement Award. 

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "As a council, we place the utmost importance on ensuring our children and young people have the best possible start in life.

"So I am incredibly proud that we have been shortlisted in no less than 5 categories at this year's Children and Young People Now Awards – with 5 services and one young person all in the running for awards.

"I would like to say a huge well done to everyone involved, and let’s keep our fingers crossed to everyone who is shortlisted!"

The Reach Team was formed specifically to work with care leavers and support them with their transition into independence. 

The Supported Accommodation Team offers a range of accommodation options to young people in care and leaving care via its well established Housing Support Service, including the House Project, Supported Lodgings Service and a Mentoring Service.

The Partnership Exploitation and Missing Hub was developed to reach children and young people at risk of exploitation and includes representation from the council, police, health providers and third sector partners.

The Divert Project promotes the diversion of young people away from the criminal justice system, providing a multi agency approach to agree appropriate outcomes for young people referred to it.

The Co-production Team works with young people to enable them to lead healthy and happy lives, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.

Meanwhile, care leaver Kye is currently completing a council apprenticeship to support vulnerable families in the community and delivers Total Respect training to professionals to raise awareness of issues facing care leavers, and the best way to support them.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November. To see the full shortlist, please visit Children & Young People Now Awards 2022

Now in its 17th year, the Children & Young People Now Awards have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. 

They provide a great source of pride and recognition for all those who strive day in, day out, to improve the lives of others, and offer an opportunity to raise the profile of projects and initiatives to funders and the general public.