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Lord Mayor of York to Visit Children in Care

Julie Gunnell Lord Mayor 230513

3:44pm 6th May 2014

The Lord Mayor of York will visit a team that supports some of York’s most vulnerable children at their new premises on Wednesday 7 May.

The visit will take place almost six months after the team moved to Hamilton House, a dedicated facility to help team of 12 specialist support practitioners

City of York Council’s Looked After Children Support Team was formed in 2012 to help support the city’s Looked After Children, their families and carers.

The team liaises with partner agencies across the city to coordinate and facilitate contact between Looked After Children and their parents and other relatives, support parenting assessments and re-unification plans, as well as helping Looked After and Adopted Children understand and make sense of their own life histories.

The visit comes ahead of the national celebration of fostering and Foster Carers: Foster Care Fortnight (12-25 May) which City of York Council is supporting.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell said: “I am delighted to be visiting the site six months after the team moved into the dedicated building which looks to improve the services and support York’s Looked After Children. The team provide an invaluable service to children across the city helping them to understand their own life histories and it will be great to see this positive work first hand.”

Helen Healey, Looked After Children Support Manager, City of York Council, said: “We are looking forward to meeting the Lord Mayor in our ‘new home’ and discussing the work of the team. Much of this work is around helping Looked After Children understand their unique histories and make sense of the new situations they find themselves in and the team are delighted the Civic Party has shown an interest in our work.”

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