CREWE is officially one of the best places to live in the UK for young people, according to a new Government survey.
The Joint Area Review (JAR) report, released on Monday, which focused on young people's health, safety and potential, praised Crewe as an area coping well with the needs and difficulties of young people under 20 years of age.
Inspectors looked at social care and education, sports and leisure facilities, the Criminal Justice System, counselling and support services, and found that Crewe was one of the best equipped areas in the UK.
The team of inspectors sought opinions from young people on services available and shadowed social services on highly sensitive cases to see how effective the services are in helping young people.
Cheshire County Council's director of children's services, Joan Feenan, said she was delighted with the findings, which saw Cheshire awarded three first-class results in the JAR report.
She added: 'This was certainly no paper exercise.
'It was the most exacting examination ever under-taken of every service in the county affecting the well-being of our children and young people.
'Inspectors left no stone unturned in investigating how our services performed individually and how we worked together to improve the life-chances of our youngsters, particularly the vulnerable. '
The leader of Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, Brian Silvester, said he felt the findings were a tribute to the hard work of youth services staff.
'I'm delighted that the high standard of children's services in Crewe has received such a ringing endorsement in this review, ' he said.
'It's a tribute to the hard work put in by all services and agencies involved in working with young people.
'Taking care of the health and well-being of our children and young people is an investment for the future and everyone working in these areas is aware of the importance of getting things right.'
Speaking on behalf of Cheshire Police, Chief Superintendent Ian Hopkins said the report reflected the hard work undertaken on behalf of young people in the area.
He added: 'The report shows good work going on across Crewe and the whole of Cheshire and should act as a spur for all of us to raise standards to the next level.'