AN event to celebrate the educational achievements of Bradford children who are looked after was held at the weekend.

The ceremony, led by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Zafar Ali, took place at the University of Bradford.

This was the 22nd year the awards have been help, recognising the progress and achievement of children and young people in the care of Bradford Council, and the challenges they often face.

The Lord Mayor presented awards alongside head of service David Byron.

The Lord Mayor said: “It is an honour to meet so many remarkable and resilient young people.

“They rightly see education as an important part of their, and Bradford’s, future. I hope their achievements will help inspire others to get the most out of their education whatever their circumstances.”

David Byrom, Head of Service , Through Care and Resources, for Bradford Council, said; “This ceremony gives us a chance to acknowledge the hard work and effort Bradford’s Children who are Looked After have put in over the last year.

“It isn’t fully acknowledged how difficult it is for young people to still be able to focus on their education and perform when there is so much going on in their lives – this gives us a chance to show we’ve noticed how well they’ve done.”

Children we are looked after are children who have been in the care of the local authority for more than 24 hours.