CYP Now Awards 2019: Winners revealed


Winners of the Children & Young People Now Awards 2019 were revealed during an evening of high celebration for the sector.

Double award winners Getaway Girls. Picture: Julian Dodd
Double award winners Getaway Girls. Picture: Julian Dodd

Female empowerment organisation Getaway Girls were among the big winners of the night, scooping two prizes; the Youth Work Award and the Children and Young People’s Charity Award for their work teaching young women to build their confidence and develop new skills.

Cafcass also took home two prizes for its Positive Co-parenting Programme; The Safeguarding Award and the Family Justice Award.

Create (Arts) inspired:arts project won the Young Carers Award while Children’s Society’s Rise Project took the top spot for the Advice and Guidance Award.

Mac Ferrari, founder of anti-knife crime initiative Bikestormz was named as Children and Young People’s Champion.

Other winners included the Fostering Network which won the Family Support Award for its Step Up Step Down project; the London Borough of Havering which won the Care Leavers Award for its support hub the Cocoon and the NSPCC which won the Recruitment and Professional Development Award for its poverty, children and families training.

In his opening address, Derren Hayes, editor of CYP Now, told the audience: “This month has seen the 30th anniversaries of the Children Act 1989 and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“The Convention has 54 articles setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children are entitled to. Article 12 includes a child’s right to be heard and it is a great testament to the sector that many of the projects celebrated tonight have been shaped by the views of children and young people and – in some cases – have empowered them to become active participants in delivering services.

“You don’t need me to tell you that the funding situation in children’s services is pretty dire – nine out of 10 children’s services budgets were overspent last year. The new government will need to invest to avoid further cuts. 

"I’m not talking about a one-off pot of a few hundred million. It needs a long-term, sustainable, funding package that enables leaders to invest more in early help so that support can be provided before intensive intervention is needed. What better way to mark the 30th anniversary of the Children Act than to reignite its focus on providing preventative support for families.”

Children's TV presenter and “godfather of gunge” Dave Benson Phillips hosted the event while Alan Dedicoat, voice of Strictly Come Dancing, was on hand to announce the finalists.

Entertainment during the ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, west London was provided by a young band the Sick Year Sixes from Hawthorns Primary School in Wokingham.

Early Years Award

Winner: Redbridge Council - Ready to Learn and Mental Health in Early Years 

Highly commended: Leeds City Council - The Leeds Child Healthy Weight Programme

Play Award

Winner: Dudley Council -  Sycamore Adventure project 

Safeguarding Award sponsored by Thirtyone:eight

Winner: Cafcass - Positive Co-parenting Programme

Learning Award 

Winner: The Tutor Trust 

Youth Work Award sponsored by the National Youth Agency 

Winner: Getaway Girls

Arts and Culture Award 

Winner: Sadlers Wells - Shared Training and Employment Programme 

Social Work Award 

Winner: Enfield Council - Edge of Care  

Young Carers Award sponsored by Next Step Care Management

Winner: Create (Arts) Inspired:arts 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award 

Winner: Comics Youth - Building Stories project

Highly commended: London Borough of Newham - HeadStart Newham

Early Intervention Award sponsored by Servelec 

Winner: YMCA Bristol - the Bristol Wing project 

Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award 

Winner: Gloucestershire Young Carers - Mosquito Mission project

Highly commended: County Durham Youth Offending Service for With Youth in Mind

Children in Care Award sponsored by Halliwell Homes 

Winner: Lincolnshire County Council - Caring2Learn 

Highly commended: NSPCC- Glasgow Infant and Family Team (GIFT)

PSHE Education Award 

Winner: Sycamore Trust UK-  Parenting Pathways project 

Family Support Award

Winner: The Fostering Network - Step Up Step Down

Leaving Care Award 

Winner: London Borough of Havering - The Cocoon 

Advice and Guidance Award 

Winner: Children’s Society - Rise Project 

Highly commended: Essex Youth Service - Plan B Traineeship

The Family Justice Award sponsored by @CJInnovation

Winner: Cafcass - Positive Co-parenting Programme

Youth Justice Award

Winner: Essex County Council - POWER project 

Recruitment and Professional Development sponsored by @cypnowjobs 

Winner: NSPCC - poverty, children and families training

Partnership Working Award

Winner: The Skill Mill 

Highly commended: Creative Youth Network- South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership

The Public Sector Children’s Team Award sponsored by Welfare Call,

Winner: London Borough of Havering - Early Help Volunteering Service  

Children’s Achievement Award

Winner: Megan Parker - Headstart Kent

Children’s and Young People’s Champion Award

Winner: Mac Ferrari - Bikestormz 

Children and Young People’s Charity Award sponsored by Unity Insurance Services 

Winner: Getaway Girls

Highly commended: Just for Kids Law