Nearly 300 people attended the EPIC (Exceptional People in Care) 2013 award ceremony held at the Charmandean Centre Worthing. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of Looked After Children and Care Leavers in West Sussex.
There were 112 award winners from first/primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, further education colleges, work place learning providers and universities.
Guests included the High Sheriff of West Sussex Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke.
West Sussex County Council’s Director of Children’s Services Stuart Gallimore said: “This was the second year for the awards in this new format. Thanks to recommendations from the West Sussex Children in Care Council, the awards have been revitalised and are a chance to celebrate the achievements of our Looked after Children and Care Leavers.
“Congratulations to everyone who won an award at this memorable event. The stars of the day are always the children and young people and we heard some truly inspirational stories during the ceremony.”
Candidates were nominated by teachers, tutors, social workers and health professionals recognising achievements in four categories:
Each winner received a medal and certificate.
Social work and education staff working with looked after children organised the awards. Balfour Beatty as part of their Building Better Futures initiative supported the event.