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Hampshire legal team shortlisted for award

Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Hampshire County Council's Legal Services has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of their work supporting social care for children, including help to safeguard the most vulnerable.

Hampshire Legal Services (HLS) is the County Council's in-house legal service that also acts for a variety of other organisations in both the private and public sector, including schools.

The nomination for the Local Authority Family Team of the Year Award 2014, in the Jordan's Family Law Awards, is for work carried out by the 'People team', led by Assistant Head of Legal, Keri Tayler. This work includes legal support provided to the County Council's Children's Services department to ensure actions to safeguard children have the best chance of success. The nomination also details the team's support for Children's Services in drawing up the agreement and terms of reference for Hampshire County Council's partnership with the Isle of Wight Council to improve Children's Services on the Island.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, commented: "This is great news. The high standard of legal support provided to the County Council's Children's Services was cited by Ofsted, in their most recent inspection which judged Hampshire County Council's Children' Services as good with outstanding features. I wish the team the very best of luck, and look forward, with anticipation, to hearing the outcome of the awards in October."

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