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KRATOS members are exceptional

Published Thursday, 16 October 2014

Taking the name KRATOS, which is Greek for power, members of Enfield’s ‘Children in Care’ Council have certainly used their muscle to influence the recruitment and selection of foster carers and soci

Their contribution has now been recognised with a prestigious ‘Diana Award’ set up in memory of the late Princess of Wales who believed that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, said, “ We are keen to encourage young people to take an active part in our decision making and to give us their views. 

“KRATOS is an exceptional group of young people. They take a leading role in the training of social workers and foster carers and help younger children to raise concerns and make suggestions about their care. And the council listens to them. This award is thoroughly well-deserved and we are delighted that they have been recognised.”

The 16 young people, aged 5 - 25, who make up KRATOS, received their Diana Award in the Community Campaigning category for their active involvement in supporting the development of the care service in Enfield.
Seventeen year old George Frith, from KRATOS, said, “We have made a DVD for children in foster care informing them of their rights, entitlements and the services available to them and we have successfully launched Junior KRATOS.

"Our group is getting stronger and we feel able to offer our ideas with confidence to the council, knowing that we will be heard. We are very excited about this award.”

Ray Lewis, the youth mentor and senior adviser to London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, presented them with certificates on Friday 10 October at the Barclay’s Bank headquarters in Canary Wharf.

He said “It is inspiring to see the positive impact that these young people have made on foster care in Enfield.  Not only are they gaining vital life skills but they are also using their knowledge to mentor and support other children in the same situation, ensuring that their good work continues when they themselves have left care. KRATOS is a great example of how young people and those who look after them can work together to make services better and I’d encourage others in the capital thinking of doing the same to take a close look at their work.”

Diana Award holders join the Diana Network which is a programme opening doors to work experience, volunteering and campaigning whilst training young people for employment and social action skills.

Young people can also join the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme which trains young people across the UK and Ireland to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in their schools or communities; helping to prevent bullying and ensure everyone is happy and safe online and offline.

The Training and Mentoring Programme gives Award Holders who have achieved something remarkable themselves the chance to become youth mentors to disadvantaged young people.

Tessy Ojo Executive Director of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise Enfield’s young campaigners who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.

“The Diana Active Campaigner Award is presented to inspirational young people who have made a positive difference in the communities. With a growing network of over 42,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to take social action and improve our communities.”

For more information on the Diana Award or to make a nomination please click here.

KRATOS members: George Frith 17, Sarah Miller 24 and Conor Doyle 18 collected certificates from Ray Lewis and Tessy Ojo in the picture with Peri- Louise Revan from Enfield Council. They will be taking the certificates back to the other 21 young people on the council.

KRATOS works with children and young people aged 5 -19 years old and care leavers aged up to 25 years who are in education.


 

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