CYP Now 2016 Awards revealed on night of huge celebration and pride

CYP Now
Friday, November 25, 2016

Twenty-two inspirational and deserving winners were last night revealed at the 2016 CYP Now Awards on an evening of celebration for the children's sector.

Mermaids UK, which campaigns to raise awareness and support children with gender identity issues, emerged triumphant as this year's charity of the year.

Other winners included the Essex Social Care Academy for the Recruitment and Professional Development Award; Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service Problem Solving Courts for the Youth Justice Award; Barnardo's for the National FGM Centre in the Safeguarding Award category; and Spurgeons' Invisible Walls project for the Family Support Award.

There was a standing ovation for the recipient of the Children and Young People's Champion Award, Barbara Bennett, a foster carer and respite carer from Surrey for the last 50 years.

The Awards ceremony took place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in central London and was hosted with characteristic verve by TV presenter and entertainer Dave Benson Phillips.

Youth band Croydon Steel Orchestra had the 550-strong audience in raptures at the start of the ceremony with a selection of upbeat tunes including 1970s disco classic Rock the Boat.

CYP Now editor-in-chief Ravi Chandiramani said: "These awards started life 10 years ago this very week in 2006, this is their eleventh staging. We are so proud they have become this wonderful celebration of the very best in achievement, ability and innovation right across the children's sector.

"The entry levels for this year's Awards were as strong as ever and the standard gets better and better each year."

As well as the 22 winners, there were six "high commendations" awarded.

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THE EARLY YEARS AWARD
Winner: Loughborough University - Movement for Learning?

?PLAY AWARD?
Winner: Sporting Communities - Replace Crime with Play Time?

?YOUTH WORK AWARD sponsored by National Youth Agency?
Winner: New Horizon Youth Centre - The Youth Work Programme

??YOUTH VOLUNTEERING AND SOCIAL ACTION AWARD
?Winner: Volunteering Matters - Full-Time Volunteering

High Commendation: Rotherham Young Inspectors?

?LEARNING AWARD?
Winner: Auditory Verbal UK?

?ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD ?
Winner: Create

??ADVICE AND GUIDANCE AWARD ?
Winner: Streetwise Young People's Project

?YOUNG CARERS AWARD
Winner: Carers Trust - Babble

?LEAVING CARE AWARD?
Winner: The Care Leavers Foundation - New Belongings?

?HEALTH AND WELLBEING AWARD?
Winner: N-Compass North West - Butterfly & Phoenix Self-harm Services?

?EARLY INTERVENTION AWARD?
Winner: I CAN - Early Talk Boost??

High Commendation: North Yorkshire County Council - Children & Families Prevention Service

?NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE sponsored by NCS Trust?
Winner: Essex County Council Youth Service NCS, Uttlesford team

?CHILDREN IN CARE AWARD sponsored by Diagrama Foundation?
Winner: Cambridgeshire County Council - Voices Matter group??

High Commendation: Mind Of My Own (MOMO)?

?YOUTH JUSTICE AWARD sponsored by CACI?
Winner: Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service - Problem Solving Courts

??FAMILY SUPPORT AWARD?
Winner: Spurgeons - Invisible Walls Project?

?SAFEGUARDING AWARD?
Winner: Barnardo's - National FGM Centre??

High Commendation: Manchester Young Lives?

?CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHAMPION?
Winner: Barbara Bennett - Foster Carer & Respite Carer, Surrey?

?CHILDREN'S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ?
Winner: Danielle Pointon - Volunteer, Sporting Communities?

?PARTNERSHIP WORKING AWARD?
Winner: Creative Youth Network - The Station

High Commendation: Spurgeons - Invisible Walls Project?

?RECRUITMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD?
Winner: Essex County Council - Essex Social Care Academy

High Commendation: Cheshire East Council - ‘Where Social Work Works' children's social care recruitment and retention campaign

?PUBLIC SECTOR TEAM AWARD?
Winner: Durham County Council - West Rainton Children's Home?

?CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHARITY AWARD sponsored by Unity Insurance Services?
Winner: Mermaids UK

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