Children & Young People Now Awards 2015: The shortlist

Monday, August 31, 2015

We are delighted to confirm the shortlist for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2015

Entry levels comfortably broke all previous records, so thank you to all those who entered from across the UK. The winners will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony on the evening of 26 November in London. We hope you will be able to join us for what is always an inspiring and uplifting night.

Early Years Award

Barnsley Children's Centres - Having a Baby antenatal education programme

Family Action - Perinatal Support Project

Lincolnshire County Council - Prime Time programme

The Lowry Centre Trust - Young Parents at The Lowry

NSPCC - Baby Steps in Jersey

South Tyneside Council - Basket of Opportunities (BOO) child development programme

Play Award

Disability Challengers - Challengers Play and Youth Schemes

London Borough of Hackney - Play Streets

Play Torbay - 3 Bay Ventures

Youth Work Award

Achieving for Children - SEND Champions

Achieving for Children - Youth Council Elections for Kingston and Richmond

Aldwyck Housing Group, Next Generation Project

Duke of Edinburgh's Award - New Leaders Programme

Rochdale Youth Service

Rochdale Youth Service Disability Group

Sporting Communities - Streetwise Detached Youth Work

Youth Moves, South Bristol

Youth Volunteering Award

Achieving for Children - Safe From campaign

Alcohol Concern - Youth Alcohol Advertising Council

Barnardo's - POWAR (Children with Disabilities Council), Lancashire

EdComs - Get Set to Make a Change

Full Circle Education - Eastern Chatter

Media for Development - Young Dads' Council

North East Lincolnshire Council - Young Reporters

Takeover Radio Children's Media Trust - Takeover Radio 103.2fm

Youth Connexions Hertfordshire - Herts1125 Who not What

Learning Award

Auditory Verbal UK

EdComs - The Samsung Digital Classroom

The Fostering Network - London Fostering Achievement

Pegasus Theatre - Tale Trail

Arts and Culture Award

Beatfreeks - Level UP, Birmingham

Children North East - Families Plus, Musical Relationships

Creative Youth Network - Creative Careers

Curious Minds - Strong Voices

Essex Youth Service - The Hermit Club Community Interest Company

The Life & Deaf Association - What the Jackdaw Saw

Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company

TouchedTheatre, Brighton - A Place of Safety

Advice and Guidance Award

Career Connect - New Horizons

No Limits, Southampton - No Limits Drop-In Centres

North East Sensory Services - Young People's Sensory Service

Volunteering Matters - Grandmentors

YouthNet -

sixteen25 - Mind Of My Own (MOMO)

Young Carers Award

Action for Carers Surrey - Surrey Young Carers

The Children's Society - Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team

Gloucestershire Young Carers - InterAct

The Lowry Centre Trust - Young Carers at The Lowry

Solihull Carers Centre - Solihull Young Carers

West Sussex Young Carers Service and Your Space Partnership

Leaving Care Award

Alliance Living, North Somerset - Step Up project

Barnardo's Start Smart, Merseyside

MyBnk - Money Works

Pembrokeshire County Council - Supper Club

Health and Wellbeing Award

Association for Young People's Health - GP Champions for Youth Health

Berkshire Youth - Let's Get Going

Buckinghamshire County Council - Girls on a Mission

CLIC Sargent - Children's Cancer Key Worker Service Evaluation Project

Newport Mind - Changing Minds Project

Twenty Twenty - Love4Life project for disadvantaged girls

Teens and Toddlers

Early Intervention Award

Auditory Verbal UK

Brighton Oasis Project - Young Oasis Centre

Chance UK - Girls Programme

CommUNITY Barnet - Barnet Parenting Plus

Kirkees Council - Stronger Families Programme

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service - FireSkills

Ynot Aspire - Your Space

National Citizen Service Award

Ambition - Action Up

Brathay Trust - NCS Bradford

University of the First Age - #HandsOnEars Campaign on Hearing Loss

Children in Care Award

Derby Theatre - Solace of the Road

The Fostering Network - London Fostering Achievement

Hartlepool Borough Council - Children in Care Council Education Report

NSPCC - Taking Care

North Yorkshire County Council - No Wrong Door

sixteen25 - Mind Of My Own (MOMO)

Youth Justice Award

County Durham Youth Offending Service - Speech, Language and Communication Needs Strategy

Create - Inside Stories programme

Hampshire Constabulary - Hampshire Community Court

Leap Confronting Conflict - Leap Leadership Programme, Swinfen Hall Prison and Young Offenders Institution

Medway Council - Cookham Wood Looked-After Children Apprentice Scheme

North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service - Youth Communication Team

Sheffield Community Youth Teams - Sheffield Vulnerability Project

Family Support Award

Edinburgh Cyrenians - Conflict Resolution Services

Gloucestershire Young Carers - InterAct

Kingston WelCare - Families Apart project

Lincolnshire County Council - Lincolnshire Families and Babies Project

Shelter - Liverpool Family Support Service

Together Trust - Together For Families

North Yorkshire County Council -School to School Transfer: Army Drawdown Support

Safeguarding Award

Aquarius - Birmingham Young People's Substance Misuse Service CSE Team

Children North East - Families Plus, Crisis Intervention

Manchester Young Lives

Safer London - Empower

Children and Young People's Champion

Sabrina Archbold - training and information officer, Kidz Aware

Mary Fagan - founder and chair, Parent Action for Safe Play

Andy Hopkins - respite break leader, CHICKS

Stacey Johnson - founder, Kisses4Kids charity

Angela Sargeant - CAMHS service development manager, Surrey County Council

Children's Achievement Award

Faye Clarke, care leaver, Derbyshire Care Leavers Employment Team

James Curtis - young ambassador at Auditory Verbal UK

Matthew Hirst - Twenty Twenty in Leicestershire

Samuel Mangoro, organiser of All Hearts campaign for all schools to have defibrillators

Damarius Williams - Manchester Young Lives

Partnership Working Award

Adopt South West

Barnsley Children's Centres - Having a Baby antenatal education programme

Catch22 Pan Cheshire Missing from Home service

Derby Theatre - Solace of the Road

Islamic Values Partnership between Family Links and the UK Islamic Mission

North Yorkshire County Council - School to School Transfer: Army Drawdown Support

North Yorkshire LGBT Delivery Group - Growing up as a LGBT young person in North Yorkshire

Sheffield Community Youth Teams, Northern General Hospital Emergency Department and Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Pathway for Vulnerable Young People

Stoke Speaks Out

Recruitment and Professional Development Award

Somerset County Council - Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service

Central Bedfordshire Council - Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention

Wolverhampton City Council - Wolverhampton Early Help 0-5

Lancashire County Council - Employment and Support Team

Medway Council - Medway Social Work Academy

Public Sector Children's Team Award

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Love Barrow Families

Derbyshire County Council - Children's Rights Team

Surrey County Council - CAMHS Rights and Participation Team

Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

London Borough of Hackney - Young Hackney Youth and School Sports Unit

Children and Young People's Charity Award

Auditory Verbal UK


Edinburgh Cyrenians

42nd Street

Safer London

TDAS (Trafford Domestic Abuse Services)

The Winch

Winston's Wish


Our 16-strong expert judging panel has examined all the entries to produce this year's shortlist (any judge employed or linked in any way to organisations that entered abstained from judging those entries). A panel of young judges is scrutinising the shortlisted entries and their marks will be added to those of the expert panel to determine the winners in each category

Francine Bates, chief executive, Lullaby Trust

Kathy Evans, chief executive, Children England

John Freeman, John Freeman Consulting

Dez Holmes, director, Research in Practice

Imran Hussein, director of policy, rights and advocacy, Child Poverty Action Group

Anne Kazimirski, head of measurement and evaluation, New Philanthropy Capital

Amanda Kelly, executive director, Impower

Anne Longfield, children's commissioner for England

Helen Marshall, chief executive, Ambition

Cath Prisk, director, Outdoor People

Charlie Spencer, head of youth services and youth justice, Sandwell Council

Dwynwen Stepien, head of early intervention support service, Croydon Council

Carol Stone, early intervention service manager, Calderdale Council

Kevin Williams, chief executive, The Fostering Network

Howard Williamson, Professor of European youth policy, University of South Wales

Sophie Wood, head of participation, National Children's Bureau


The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, London, will play host to the Children & Young People Now Awards 2015. Dinner and live entertainment will be followed by the ceremony on Thursday 26 November. To book tickets, visit, call Sam Dewey on 020 7501 6343 or email


If you are interested in sponsoring a category, contact Ravi Chandiramani on 020 7501 6795 or email

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