Sheffield’s Children in Care Council have won a national award for their work to help improve the experiences of children in care.

The group of 13-18 year olds, who have all experienced the care system, were given a Diana award last week for a film which highlights what they want from care professionals. Their film highlights the importance of listening to and involving young people in decisions which affect them as well as advice for social workers such as not being patronising, and making an effort to bond with them but staying professional not friends.

The film will be shared with social workers during training and it will be included as part of a rolling programme with all social work students in Sheffield.

Rae Sloan, from the Children in Care Council said:  “I am hopeful that the film we have made will improve the way Social Workers work with children in care in Sheffield.

“I am proud of winning the Diana Award and I hope it will help me get to where I want to go in the future.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I am delighted that our Children in Care Council have been given this award and received national recognition for their brilliant work.

“The film provides an invaluable resource for our social work training sessions and gives real insight into what it’s like to be in care and how it could be improved.  Congratulations to all those involved!”

Diana awards were created by the Diana Memorial Committee to recognise young people who are determined to make a difference in their communities.

The award ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th July at Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, LS2 7PD.