Children & Young People Now Awards 2019: shortlist revealed

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The CYP Now Awards highlight the very best practice in work with children, young people and families.

In these uncertain times, these Awards celebrate innovation and impact across the sector. Entries this year were as strong as ever.

The judges have examined each and every one, and we can unveil the 2019 shortlist. The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony on the evening of 28 November at the Hurlingham Club in London.

We hope you will join us for what will be an event of great inspiration and pride - it is quite simply the sector's night of the year! Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of our finalists.

Early Years Award

  • Leeds City Council - The Leeds Child Healthy Weight programme
  • London Borough of Redbridge - Children's Centres - Ready to Learn and Mental Health in Early Years
  • School Improvement Liverpool - Early Years SENCO Award
  • Spurgeons Children's Charity - Spurgeons' Saturdads Project

Play Award

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Sycamore Adventure
  • Sporting Communities CIC - Cook, Eat and Play
  • Spurgeons - Spurgeons' Saturdads Project
  • University of Gloucestershire - Gwealan Tops Adventure Playground: All Play Out project
  • The Valley Project, Holmewood, Bradford

Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award

  • Clarion Futures - Community Ambassador Programme
  • County Durham Youth Offending Service - With Youth in Mind
  • Endure Mentoring - Project X
  • Gloucestershire Young Carers - The Mosquito Mission
  • Kent County Council - UASC Peer Champions
  • YC Hertfordshire - The Empathy Project

Learning Award

  • The Halow Project - Halow's ‘Building Futures' programme
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance - LiFE (Lessons in Financial Education)
  • The Tutor Trust
  • Tutors United - Tutoring Young Residents

Arts and Culture Award

  • Aik Saath - Together As One- Empoword
  • Ape Media - Eclectic Clique
  • Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity - Step Out Dance Project
  • High Peak Community Arts - Youth Arts Programme
  • Rocksteady Music School - Rocksteady Music School Foundation
  • Roundhouse - OnTrack
  • Sadler's Wells Theatre - Shared Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

Family Support Award

  • Amaze - The Face 2 Face Befriending Service
  • Body & Soul - Young Explorers, Teen Spirit and Parents Place
  • Derby City Council - New Arrivals Family Support
  • Extern - Linx Project South Eastern Trust Area Northern Ireland
  • NHS Norfolk Children and Young People's Services - Teenage Parents Pathway
  • The Fostering Network - Step Up Step Down

Advice and Guidance Award

  • The Children's Society - The Rise Project
  • Essex Youth Service - Plan B Traineeship
  • Papyrus - Hopeline UK
  • Sheffield Futures - Talent Match Sheffield City Region
  • Silx Youth Project - Silx Employability Project
  • Teenage Cancer Trust - The Way Forward
  • Trafford Domestic Abuse Services - CYP Prevention Project

Young Carers Award

  • Create (Arts) - inspired:arts
  • Friends and Families of Special Children - Fun and Freedom Club
  • Gloucestershire Young Carers - The Mosquito Mission
  • The Lowry - Young Carers: A Time To Bloom
  • Spurgeons - Spurgeons' Birmingham Young Carers
  • West Sussex Young Carers Service - ‘Young Carers - Helping Hands'

Family Justice Award

  • Cafcass - Cafcass Positive ?co-Parenting Programme
  • Parenting Apart Programme CIC - Parenting Apart Programme

Leaving Care Award

  • Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University - Children in Care Programme
  • Lincolnshire County Council - Denton Avenue
  • London Borough of Havering - The Cocoon
  • The National House Project

Early Intervention Award

  • Blackpool Council - Talbot & Brunswick Family Hub Trial
  • Bradford District Care Foundation Trust - Immunisation Preparation for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities
  • CHEXS - Self-Esteem Programme
  • Derby City Council - New Arrivals Early Help
  • The Fostering Network - Step Up Step Down
  • Sycamore Trust UK - Speak With A Picture (SWAP)
  • The Way, Wolverhampton Youth Zone Mentoring Programme
  • Women's Health Matters - The Key
  • MCA Bristol - The Bristol Wing

Children in Care Award

  • The Fostering Network - Walking Tall
  • Lincolnshire County Council - Caring2Learn
  • National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru - Unity Project
  • NSPCC - Glasgow Infant and Family Team (GIFT)
  • TACT Fostering and Adoption - Language That Cares

Youth Justice Award

  • Achievement for All - Youth Justice SEND Quality Mark and Quality Lead Awards
  • Centre for Justice Innovation - Youth diversion
  • Essex County Council POWER Project (Presenting Opportunities with Emotional Resilience)
  • Kinetic Youth and Medway Secure Training Centre - Activity Junction
  • Safer London - LGE (London Gang Exit)
  • The Skill Mill

The Partnership Working Award

  • Creative Youth Network - South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership
  • Essex County Council and Tendring District Council - Bath House Meadow Inclusive Play Space
  • Kinetic Youth - Kinetic progression pathway
  • Leeds City Council - Child Friendly City Centre Project
  • Positive Futures Lincolnshire - Hemswell Cliff - Beyond the Ball Park
  • The Skill Mill

The Safeguarding Award

  • Cafcass - Cafcass Positive ?co-Parenting Programme (CPPP)
  • Cheshire East Council - Safeguarding Children in Education Settings
  • London Borough of Bexley - Girls Group
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council - Clickwise Campaign
  • Women's Health Matters - The Key

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

  • Comics Youth CIC - Building Stories
  • Healthy Minds Lincolnshire
  • IHEART - IHEART Schools Resilience Programme
  • London Borough of Newham - HeadStart Newham
  • NSPCC - The Lighthouse
  • Participation People - #YouthProof Mental Wellness
  • Young Devon - Young Devon Young Victims of Crime Service

PSHE Education Award

  • The Diana Award - The Diana Award Anti-bullying Programme
  • Medway Public Health - Medway Child Health Programme
  • Odd Arts - Blame and Belonging
  • Solace Women's Aid - POW Project
  • Spurgeons Children's Charity - Spurgeons' Birmingham Young Carers
  • Sycamore Trust UK - Parenting Pathways
  • Women's Health Matters - The Key

The Recruitment and Professional Development Award

  • Essex County Council - Essex Social Care Academy
  • NSPCC - Poverty, children and families training

The Social Work Award

  • Cafcass - ‘How it looks to me' app
  • Innovate CYPS - Edge of Care at The London Borough of Enfield

The Youth Work Award

  • Derby City Council News Arrivals Team - ‘Focus' Youth Club
  • Getaway Girls
  • Mahdlo (Oldham Youth Zone) - Mahdlo Oldham Districts ?Provision
  • Norfolk Museums Service - Kick the Dust Norfolk
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council - SHAPE Programme
  • Teenage Cancer Trust - The Way Forward

Children's Achievement Award

  • Angel Hemmings, mental health advocate at The Diana Award
  • Megan Parker, anti-bullying campaigner and advocate for mental health at HeadStart Kent
  • Adam Shaikh, campaigner for CSE awareness at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • SM, campaigner for young people in care at Keys Group

Children and Young People's Champion

  • Mac Ferrari, anti-knife-crime campaigner and founder of Bikestormz
  • Esme Madill, volunteer and advocate for migrant rights at Migrant and Refugee Children's Legal Unit
  • Shane Ryan, social activist for Future Men and The Royal Foundation

Public Sector Children's Team Award

  • Essex County Council - Essex Young Carers Service
  • London Borough of Havering - Early Help Volunteering Service
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council - SHAPE Team

The Children and Young People's Charity Award

  • CLIC Sargent
  • Clowns in the Sky
  • Deafness Support Network - Youth Vibe
  • Getaway Girls
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University
  • Just for Kids Law
  • Naomi House & Jacksplace
  • TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People
  • Wigan Youth Zone


Our eminent judging panel has scrutinised all the entries to produce this year's shortlist. A panel of young judges is examining the shortlisted entries and their marks will be added to those of the adult expert panel to help determine the winners in each category. (Judges with an association with any entry abstained from judging those entries and categories.)

Kirsten Asmussen, Head of What Works, Child Development, ?Early Intervention Foundation
Nicola Butler, Chair, Play England
Chloe Darlington, Policy and Campaigns Manager, ?Children England
Anne-Marie Douglas, Chief Executive, Peer Power
Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive, Groundwork
Andy Elvin, Chief Executive, The Adolescent and Children's Trust
Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive, National Children's Bureau
Pinaki Ghoshal, Executive Director, Families, Children & Learning, Brighton & Hove City Council
Geethika Jayatilaka, Chief Executive, Chance UK
Ian Langley, Secretary, Association of YOT Managers
Bethia McNeil, Chief Executive, Centre for Youth Impact
Karen Scanlon, Programme Manager, New Philanthropy Capital
Enver Solomon, Chief Executive, Just for Kids Law
Yvette Stanley, National Director, Social Care, Ofsted


The Children & Young People Now Awards ceremony takes place on the evening of 28 November 2019 at the Hurlingham Club in Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham, London SW6 3PR. To book your tickets, go to, call Bianca Banoo on 020 3874 9223 or email her on


If you would like to enquire about sponsoring a category, contact George Hogg on 020 7501 6699 or email him on



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