The awards, now in their seventh year, took place last night at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, west London. More than 500 people attended the ceremony. A total of 19 awards were presented to individuals and teams from across the UK.
Children’s minister Edward Timpson delivered the keynote address. He said: “Forget the Oscars, forget the Emmys, forget Sports Personality of the Year, it’s the Children & Young People Now Awards that we really need to celebrate.
“There are few jobs as vital as those that you do in this room tonight. Not just for the children and young people you help, but actually for our society as a whole.
“Too often we dwell on what’s not working, but as these awards show, and as the CYP Now magazine shows to us every fortnight, it’s equally important to celebrate success in order to spread it, to shine a light on the achievements.”
Among the winners were Derbyshire County Council’s Care Leavers Employment Team for the Children in Care Award; the Family Drug and Alcohol Court for the Partnership Working Award; and 19-year-old British Youth Council vice chair Dara Farrell for the Children’s Achievement Award.
CYP Now editor Ravi Chandiramani said: “We all know that funding and resources to protect children and to develop their potential are getting more and more stretched, just as the needs of the most vulnerable in our society are getting ever greater. This makes the achievements of all our finalists and winners all the more remarkable.”
The awards were compered by former Newsround presenter Sonali Shah and included a live music performance from east London-based youth group Mammoth Sound.
CYP Now 2012 Award Winners
Early Years Award National Children’s Bureau for Making it REAL
Play Award Cricket Foundation for Streetchance
Youth Work Award Ecpat UK for the Youth Group
Health and Wellbeing Award Enfield Council Teenage Pregnancy Unit for Young People Project
Arts and Culture Award The Life and Deaf Association for That’s Not All of Me
Youth Volunteering Award Peer Productions for The Body Image Project
Learning Award Derbyshire County Council for The Big Book Bash
Advice and Guidance Award Aquarius Action Projects for EcoMinds
Youth Justice Award Country Durham Youth Offending Service for the Fully Integrated Pre-Court System
Early Intervention Award The Children’s University Trust for Children’s University
Children in Care Award Derbyshire County Council for Care Leavers Employment Team
Family Support Award Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust for Amber Mediation
Child Protection Award Hertfordshire County Council for Joint Child Protection Investigation Team
Children and Young People’s Champion Mehbub Koyes from Diverse FM
Partnership Working Award Family Drug and Alcohol Court
Children’s Achievement Award Dara Farrell
Professional Development Award Hertfordshire County Council for Children in the Community
Local Authority Children’s Team Award North Tyneside Council for the Participation and Engagement Team
Children and Young People’s Charity Award MyBnk