Shortlist 2018

This year’s awards received a record number of entries. Our eminent panel of judges from across the sector spent a day of debate, discussion and deliberation to decide which of our entries for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2018 should go through to the shortlist.

The Early Years Award

- ABC to Read – Helping children find the fun in reading
 - Dorset County Council – Dorset’s Incredible Children
 - Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids – Young Mums Will Achieve
 - Solihull Council Engage Team – Family Plus for Under-Fives

The Play Award

- Disability Challengers – Challengers Inclusive Play
 - Leeds City Council – Play Streets
 - SoLo Life Opportunities – Meridien Adventure Playground
 - Theodora Children’s Charity – Giggle Doctors for children in hospital

The Youth Work Award

- The Change Foundation – Generation Storm
 - The Who not What Project - YC Hertfordshire 
 - London Borough of Bexley – Targeted Youth Hubs
 - The Lowry – Youth Employability and Skills programme
 - Rainbows Hospice Group for Children and Young People – Young Adult Social Group
 - Silx Youth Project – Teen Bar, Employability Project, and Detached Team
 - TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People
 - Protect Youth Services campaign group – Brighton & Hove
 - Youth First – Bellingham Gateway Youth and Community Centre

The Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award

- Coram – Young Citizens
 - The Diana Award
 - Fitzrovia Youth in Action
 - Leeds City Council – Peer Inspectors
 - Lewisham Youth Theatre Members’ Committee
 - Solace Women’s Aid – Hear2Change
 - Protect Youth Services campaign group – Brighton & Hove

The Learning Award

- Accord Housing Association Children’s Service
 - Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire – Learn and Earn
 - London and Quadrant Housing Trust – Playing Up Schools Tour
 - London Institute of Banking & Finance – Lessons in Financial Education (LiFE)
 - Tutors United – Tutoring Young Residents programme
 - Wellcome Trust – Explorify

The Arts and Culture Award

- ADHD Foundation – Umbrella Project
 - Hull City Council – The Sixteen Thousand
 - London and Quadrant Housing Trust – Playing Up Schools Tour
 - North Tyneside Council and Curious Monkey Theatre Company – ‘Leaving’
 - Rhythmix
 - WORLDwrite – WORLDbytes

The Advice and Guidance Award

- Career Connect – Unlocking Potential
 - Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire – Learn and Earn
 - No Limits Advice Centre, Southampton
 - Sheffield City Council – Apprenticeship Ready
 - Silx Youth Project – Silx Employability Project
 - Volunteering Matters – Mind Matters

The Young Carers Award

- Blackpool Carers Centre – Family Focus
 - Carers Bucks – Same Chances
 - Young Carers Festival - The Children's Society and YMCA Fairthorne
 - Create – inspired:arts
 - The Lowry Trust – Who Cares

The Leaving Care Award

- Lancashire County Council – Employment and Support Team
 - London Borough of Havering – The Cocoon
 - MCR Pathways – MCR Pathways Mentoring
 - Wandsworth Borough Council – Future First leaving care service

The Early Intervention Award

- EasyPeasy – Learning through play, every day
 - The Bridge, East Midlands
 - Leeds City Council – Leeds Innovations and Partners and Practice programme: Restorative Early Support
 - London Borough of Camden – Resilient Families and Early Help Family Group Conference
 - National FGM Centre – FGM Assessment Tool
 - Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise – Open Wide and Step Inside
 - Safe Families for Children
 - Safer London – Harmful Sexual Behaviour Programme

The National Citizen Service Award

- Cambridgeshire County Council - NCS SEND Summer Programme
 - Ingeus and Essex Youth Service – NCS Woodland View Care Home activity day
 - Sea Cadets National Citizen Service

The Children in Care Award

- Esland Care
 - The Fostering Network – The Mockingbird Programme
 - Lincolnshire County Council– Caring2Learn
 - Participation People and Dorset County Council – Young Facilitators
 - Sheffield Children in Care Council – The Placement Game

The Youth Justice Award

- Achievement for All – Youth Justice SEND
 - Cracked It - Phone Repair programme
 - Fluence – The Communicate Project
 - Howard League for Penal Reform – Programme to end the criminalisation of children in care
 - Khulisa – Face It programme
 - Test Valley Partnership – Information, Communication, Education (ICE)

The Family Support Award

- Body & Soul – Post-Adoption Support Programmes
 - Family Fund – Digital Skills programme
 - Leeds City Council – Multi-Systemic Therapy
 - London Borough of Camden – Resilient Families and Early Help Family Group Conference
 - Midlothian Sure Start
 - Norland College – Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) Helping Hands Project
 - Park Community School, Hampshire – MUNCH Community Food Project

The Safeguarding Award

- Big Talk Education - Growing Up Safe
 - The Children’s Society – Greater Manchester Missing Service
 - Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board – Rethinking ‘Did Not Attend’
 - Operation Encompass
 - School-Home Support - CSE in Barking & Dagenham
 - Sycamore Trust – Parenting Pathways
 - Zinc Communicate and Transport for London – The Children’s Traffic Club

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

- Foster Care UK – MATS Therapeutic Fostering Service
 - London Borough of Newham – Newham HeadStart
 - Newport Mind – Changing Minds Project
 - Queen’s Park Primary School and Westminster Children’s University
 - Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – Promoting Positive Parenting in Young Children
 - West Sussex County Council - Youth Emotional Support Service (YES)
 - Young Person’s Advisory Service, Liverpool – THE Action Youth (Trans Health Education)

PSHE Education Award

- A New Direction and Mayor’s Fund for London – London Children’s Festival: Mayor for the Day
 - EdComs and Public Health England – Rise Above for Schools
 - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) – Inspiring Equality in Education
 - Solace Women’s Aid – Hear2Change

The Partnership Working Award

- Catch 22 – Pan-Merseyside child exploitation service
 - The Children’s Society – Pause mental health drop-in facility
 - Essex County Council Travel Training
 - Islington Integrated Gang Team
 - MCR Pathways and Glasgow City Council
 - Nottingham City Care – Small Steps Big Changes
 - NSPCC – Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework
 - Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse Champions’ Network
 - Sandwell Metropolitan Council – Teamworx
 - Tutors United – Tutoring Young Residents Programme with Metropolitan Housing Association

The Recruitment and Professional Development Award

- Cafcass – Family Court Adviser recruitment campaign
 - Lambeth Early Action Partnership – Embedding the Family Partnership Model in multi-agency practice
 - Leeds City Council – Social work career pathway

The Children’s Achievement Award

- Siena Castellon, autism, neurodiversity and anti-bullying advocate
 - Stacey D’arc, campaigner for young people leaving care
 - Samuel McIntosh, chair of Sandwell care leavers forum
 - Mia Thorne, campaigner for children in Wales with disabilities

Children and Young People’s Champion

Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
 - Doug Nicholls, campaigner for young people and youth work

The Public Sector Children’s Team Award

- Achieving for Children – Anstee Bridge
 - Army Welfare Service – Tidworth Mums
 - Coventry City Council – Coventry Family Drug and Alcohol Court
 - London Fire Brigade – Youth Engagement and Intervention Team
 - Swansea Council – Team Around the Family in Schools
 - Wandsworth Council – Participation & Independent Visitor Service

The Children and Young People’s Charity Award

- The Children’s Sleep Charity
 - Integrate UK
 - Lifelites
 - MCR Pathways
 - Nelson’s Journey
 - TwentyTwenty
 - West London Zone
 - Winston’s Wish
 - Youth First