Winners of the Children & Young People Now Awards 2012 announced

By CYP Now reporter

| 30 November 2012

A literature festival for children in the care system, a film and live performance featuring poetry composed by young deaf children, and a scheme to take cricket from the village green to the inner cities, were just some of the inspiring winners of the 2012 Children & Young People Now Awards.

More than 500 people attended the 2012 awards ceremony, which was held at the Hurlingham Club in west London. Image: Julian Dodd

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


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