CYP Now Awards 2012: A showcase for excellence

CYP Now reporter
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Hurlinham Club in west London will play host to the 2012 Children & Young People Now Awards
The Hurlinham Club in west London will play host to the 2012 Children & Young People Now Awards

Too much wonderful work that happens in this land of ours goes unrecognised and unappreciated. It is work that enables children, young people and families to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, thereby building a better society.

The Children & Young People Now Awards set out to put this right. Now in their seventh year, there are 19 categories open to individuals and projects from across the UK. We have updated some of the categories this year and sharpened their titles. As ever, entries must be able to provide evidence that demonstrates the impact of the work.

For me personally and professionally, the CYP Now Awards are the most illuminating, humbling and inspiring evening of the year. This year’s gala awards ceremony will return to its full pomp at the striking Georgian clubhouse in the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, west London, the memorable scene of several CYP Now Awards in the past. The event will be held on the evening of Thursday 29 November.

So think back over the best things you have done over the past year, put in your entries and join us for a great night out.

Ravi Chandiramani, editor, Children & Young People Now



  • Early years
  • Play
  • Youth work
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Youth volunteering
  • Learning
  • Arts and culture
  • Advice and guidance
  • Early intervention
  • Children in care
  • Youth justice
  • Family support
  • Child protection
  • Children and young people’s champion
  • Children’s achievement
  • Partnership working
  • Professional development
  • Local authority children’s team
  • Children and young people’s charity



We are assembling a panel of around 20 experts and professionals to judge the entries. The judges, representative of the broad scope of the children’s and youth sector, will meet in the summer. Their marks will provide a shortlist of entries for each category.

We recognise that services for children and young people tend to be better and more relevant to them when they, as the service users, have helped to shape their formation. With this in mind, we will hand-pick a panel of young judges to examine the shortlisted entries. The marks of the young judges will be added to the adults’ scores to calculate the winners.

Judges will not be looking for bland, reassuring statements, but evidence of real innovation.

Your entry should be specific, straightforward and, wherever possible, backed up by hard facts.



Who can enter?

Any organisation, setting or project, whether in the public, voluntary or private sectors, can enter work relevant to each category. Entries are welcome from across the UK, and, where appropriate, from individuals as well as teams.


Entries must relate to work undertaken, or ongoing, between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012. Sponsors are not allowed to enter the category they have agreed to sponsor.

Cost of entry

It is absolutely free — provided you submit your entry before the deadline.

Deadline for entries

It’s 29 June. Any entry received after then without prior agreement will incur a charge of £50 plus VAT, irrespective of whether the entry is from the public, voluntary or private sector. This is to cover the extra cost of administration.

The awards ceremony

Winners will be presented with their awards at a gala ceremony in London on 29 November.


Entry packs Click here to download an entry kit. Alternatively, contact Ed Wyre on 020 7501 6742 or

Sponsorship If you are interested in sponsoring one of the 19 categories, contact Anna Patrickson on 020 7501 6798 or

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