Innovative children’s service recognised

Release Date: 28 November 2017

The delivery and quality of Children’s Services in Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been recognised by the Local Government Chronicle.

Achieving for Children (AfC), the community interest company established in 2014 and jointly-owned by three councils, is commissioned to deliver social, educational and community services for children across the boroughs.

This service has been shortlisted in the categories of Best Children’s Services and Best Delivery Model at the 2018 LGC Awards.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Cabinet member for Children’s Services & Schools said:

“Ensuring all children are able to live safe, happy and fulfilling lives is one of the most important responsibilities of any council.

“When we first commissioned AfC the intention was to deliver better results for children and families in our boroughs, so I am delighted that our services have been recognised in this way.”

Cllr Richard Hudson, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care and Health, said:

"Achieving for Children have a reputation in delivering high quality children’s services in Kingston and it is only right that they deserve recognition for the excellent work they do. I wish them the very best of luck."

Cllr Natasha Airey, Cabinet member for children’s services at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said:

“AfC offers excellent services to our residents.

“By working in partnership with the community interest company we are taking another step on our journey to innovate the way we deliver services.

“Over the past four months I’ve been encouraged by the progress we have made and I’m pleased others have recognised the excellent work AfC is doing.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 21 March 2018. View the full list of finalists.

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Reference: P552/17

Updated: 1 December 2017