Last night we held our annual Looked After Children Awards at the Maltings in Ely.
It is a special event, that is really important. It is a way of recognising and giving a bit of a boost to children who both need and deserve recognition and praise. Parts of the night are actually quite touching, not least at the end where the Children are allowed to nominate adults for awards, some of the citations are real tear-jerkers.
The truth about some of these young people is that, if we can instil them with confidence and self-belief, the recognition that they have coped with more in their short lives than most people deal with in a lifetime would mean that there could be no stopping them. We have a few examples of this in Cambridgeshire - but ceremonies like this play a really important part.
The night also gives me a chance to catch up with a few people. Some looked after children that I have had contact with, but also some of our LAC team at the County Council.
Congratulations to everyone in the Just Us group who organised the event. As ever, they did themselves proud.