A NORTH Yorkshire children’s worker has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Howard Smith has received an MBE for his services to local government.
Mr Smith has worked as a manager in North Yorkshire County Council’s children’s services for the last 30 years, and has worked with vulnerable children and young people as they leave local authority care and settle into adult life.
He said: “Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with colleagues in a local authority that has allowed me to be part of making a difference. I am very proud to receive this honour.”
During his time at the council he treid to employ as many people who had been in the council’s care in the leaving care team, and even became godfather to the daughter of a young person he had worked with.
County councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Children and Young People said:
“As well as this well-deserved recognition Howard Smith deserves our communities thanks for his dedication to this crucial work of supporting young people who are placed in the care of this authority.”