A Nottingham council worker who supports young people involved in serious offending or at risk of being taken into care has become the first in the UK to receive a prestigious international award.
Fuzi Bradshaw is one of only a select few to be presented with the Sustained Excellence Award (ESSY) for the way he helps young people and their families in Nottingham.
Fuzi, a Multisystemic Therapist (MST) for Nottingham City Council, helps young people and families with complex clinical, social and educational problems.
He supports families to rebuild relationships and for young people to re-engage in social activities, schools and within their communities.
Fuzi said: “It has been an honour to win such an award and get recognised in the top one per cent among my peers.
“To be recognised for the work that myself and the rest of my MST team do is incredible; going to America for the MST international conference to collect the award was the icing on the cake.
“I really enjoy my role as an MST therapist. Most of the cases referred to our team are at a crisis point when we start to work together. This can be very challenging at times, but having the ability to offer an intensive service for families, seeing them three or four times a week and sometimes daily really makes a difference.”
Fuzi has worked for the MST team at the City Council for almost three years and also took part in a short film to promote MST alongside other colleagues and families.