Leading children’s charity Barnardo’s has been recognised for its efforts to ensure that young people and their views lie at the heart of the services it delivers.
Barnardo’s in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been awarded the Hear by Right Participation Gold Award by the National Youth Agency.
The award, which is available at bronze, silver and gold levels, shows that an organisation takes the voice of young people seriously and their involvement is crucial to how the services are delivered and developed.
Rachel McKernan, Assistant Director Children’s Services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at Barnardo’s said:
“Achieving this accolade is testament to the passion and commitment of the Barnardo’s team.
“Listening to young people is vital for making sure we deliver a service that is of maximum benefit to them. We are delighted this has been recognised and will continue to do all we can to involve and support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”
Paul Miller, National Youth Agency chief executive, comments:
“Involving young people in decision-making is vital to ensuring their voice shapes service delivery and provision meets their needs.
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“Many congratulations on achieving the Gold Hear by Right Award, which really demonstrates your commitment to young people’s active involvement within your organisation.”
Barnardo’s services provided in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight include support for prisoners families, parenting and family support services and services for young people who are, or are at risk of, being sexually exploited.