Awards to celebrate achievements of children with SEN

Release Date: 24/01/2017

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Richmond and Kingston have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Richmond and Kingston’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on Friday 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and the impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, 'inspiration', ‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition'.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

On giving out the awards, Robert Henderson, Director of Children's Services at Achieving for Children, said:

"We had a fantastic response to our call out for nominations. This highlights just how many children and young people in Kingston and Richmond are excelling and inspiring those around them. Well done to each and every nominee."

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Cabinet Member for Schools and Young People, from Richmond Council said:

“This is a fantastic awards programme. It is important to recognise the hard work of all children and young people, particularly those who might find learning challenging. Congratulations to all those who have been nominated. I have found this inspiring and I am sure that many others will too.”

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children's Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and is a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

Updated: 24 January 2017