For the initiative that has done the most to improve the life chances of children under five, especially among disadvantaged or hard-to-reach communities. This could include boosting literacy rates, helping families to access funded childcare, or improving children’s diets and physical health. Entries are open to nurseries, nursery schools, children’s centres, family hubs and childminders, as well as local authorities.
The Play Award
For the initiative that has done the most to offer children and young people the opportunities to play freely, enjoy childhood and contribute to their social, emotional and physical development. The judges will look for work that has enabled children to follow their own ideas and interest, and in their own way.
The Youth Work Award
For the initiative that has done the most to promote young people’s personal development and help them achieve their potential through youth work, informal education and participation in positive activities, especially among disadvantaged or excluded groups.
The Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award
For the initiative that has enabled children or young people to make a difference in their communities or to their peers, through volunteering, social action or campaigning. The judges are looking for entries where children and young people have taken the lead in planning, organising and delivering the work.
The Learning Award
For the initiative that has made the best contribution to improving educational achievement. The judges will in particular look for work that has helped children with special educational needs and disabilities or disadvantaged groups such as looked-after children.
The Advice and Guidance Award
For the initiative that has done the most to reach and provide young people with information and support in making sound life choices. Entry is open to providers of advice and guidance in areas such as careers and employability, relationships, health or education.
The Young Carers Award
For the initiative that has done the most to support children, young people or young adults up to 25 who care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction. This includes support to meet carers’ educational, health, social and emotional needs; helping carers who have previously been unidentified by services; and working with families to reduce inappropriate levels of caring.
The Leaving Care Award
For the initiative that has done the most to help young people leaving the care system make a smooth and successful transition to adulthood by supporting their accommodation, health, housing, and training and employment needs. Judges will be looking for examples where young people have played a key role in planning their independent living.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
For the initiative that has done the most to transform the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, whether through prevention, early intervention or treatment. Entries are open to CAMHS, public sector, voluntary sector, clinical commissioning groups, and specialist support services.
The Early Intervention Award
For the initiative that has intervened early and most effectively with children and young people at risk from problems such as poor health, dropping out of education, homelessness, crime or substance misuse, and prevented the transmission of poor outcomes from one generation to the next.
The Safeguarding Award
For the initiative that has made the biggest contribution to keeping children and young people safe from harm. Judges will be looking for examples of exceptional teamwork and multi-agency working.
The Children in Care Award
For the local authority or care provider that has done the most to improve outcomes for looked-after children or young people, whether in residential care, foster care or other types of placement. The judges are looking in particular for examples of exceptional teamwork, joint working or activity above and beyond the call of duty.
The Youth Justice Award
For the initiative that has made the biggest contribution to improving the life chances of young offenders, or those at risk of offending or reoffending. Entries are invited from local authorities, youth offending teams and youth services, as well as voluntary organisations and individual projects.
The Family Support Award
For the initiative or service that has done the most to support whole families to help their children lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives safe from harm. The judges are looking in particular for work that has helped challenging or disadvantaged families.
The PSHE Education Award
For the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education initiative that has done the most to develop young people’s knowledge, skills and attributes in managing the challenges of modern life, such as sex and relationships, substance misuse, mental health, challenging extremism and radicalization, and preparing for the world of work. The judges are looking for initiatives delivered in schools or other education settings. Entries are open to teaching staff as well as external providers.
The Pandemic Response Award
For the organisation or initiative that made significant changes to how it works during the Covid-19 pandemic to better meet the needs of children and young people. Judges will want to see examples of innovation in overcoming practical challenges wrought by the pandemic, the impact of these measures, and how new ways of working that have endured as a result.
Children and Young People’s Champion
For the adult individual who has achieved significant improvements in the lives of children or young people, especially among disadvantaged or excluded groups, through campaigning, lobbying, boosting participation or other activities. Entries must include a description of their work and its impact.
The Children’s Achievement Award
For the individual child or young person that has achieved significant improvements in his or her own outcomes and made a positive contribution in their community through activities such as volunteering or campaigning. They must be nominated for the award by an adult professional.
The Partnership Working Award
For the multi-agency project or team that has made the greatest improvement to people’s lives. This applies to partnership working between public sector agencies as well as those involving organisations in the voluntary and private sectors.
The Workforce Development Award
For the recruitment or training initiative that has done the most to improve the skills and ability of a workforce - across a sector, an organisation or team. This could be an innovative campaign to sell the benefits of working for your organization or a skills development programme that enables staff to enhance support. Entries will need to demonstrate impact which might include metrics such as reduced vacancy and sickness rates or positive workforce wellbeing surveys and show how the initiatives help improve services and outcomes for children.
The Public Sector Children’s Team Award
For the public sector team that has made the greatest impact in improving the life chances of children, young people or families. Entries are open to teams and departments within local authorities as well as local health services and national bodies.
The Children and Young People’s Charity Award
For the charity that has made the most impressive contribution, at a local or national level, in improving the life chances of children, young people or families. Achievements will have been driven through a combination of innovative practice, effective partnership working or campaigning for change. Entries are open to charities of any size.
The Arts and Culture Award
For the initiative that has done the most to inspire children and young people in cultural activities, such as music, dance, drama or the visual arts, especially among disadvantaged groups, and where collaboration is shown between public services, the cultural sector and children and young people.