A charity delivering a groundbreaking child protection programme with the help of student volunteers has been given an award.
Sheffield Hallam University has named Community Service Volunteers its Outstanding Community Partner for its Volunteers Supporting Families project.
The Government-funded project places volunteers with families on the council’s ‘at risk register’ where a child is at risk of neglect or harm.
The programme is the first of its kind, and was launched in 2011 in response to the death of Victoria Climbie.
Eight Hallam students, recruited through the student union, have been visiting families once a week offering advice and support, helping parents with everyday tasks and parenting.
CSV project co-ordinator Rachael Eyton said: “We have worked very hard to promote Volunteers Supporting Families within Sheffield as we need volunteers from all sections of the community.
“Through the university we have been able to recruit many excellent volunteers, particularly those interested in a social care career, so it’s fantastic to be recognised.”