Finalists for the inaugural Children & Young People Awards announced

The search to find the overall national winners of the inaugural Children & Young People Awards is almost complete. Shortlisted finalists have been invited to attend virtual judging days bringing together the crème de la crème of the frontline social care workforce for children, young people and families.

The Children & Young People Awards, organised by Care Talk magazine and in association with Hays recruitment, are a celebration of excellence in frontline care and support for children, young people and families.  The awards aim to highlight innovation and best practice in this area and pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in quality care and support. 

Finalists represent all areas of care and support in children, young people and family services, whether it be care homes, local authorities, fostering and adoption services or the voluntary sectors. From frontline staff such as key workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways through child protection, supporting care leavers and young carers. One thing they all have in common is that they epitomise the unsung heroes of communities.  Without such people quality, person centred care and support for children, young people and families would fail.

The finalists will be announced at a Covid safe, glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Steve Walls,  on 24th October at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. 

The Finalists are:

The Biggest Impact & Wellbeing Award






Matthew Green

Care 4 Children






York Children's Rights and Advocacy Service

City of York Council






The AXIS Project

The AXIS Project






Natalie Waterhouse

New Horizons NW Ltd






Michael Jeffs

Alternative Approach






Nadia El-Derini 

Foster Care Associates Yorkshire & Lincolnshire 






Secondary School Drop-In Service

Young Carers Milton Keynes






Jonathan Whitaker

Dove Adolescent Services 






Rebecca Gooch & Chloe Lovell

Central Bedfordshire Council






The Registered Manager Award 






Peter Grimes 

Brinscall Care 






Nia Jones

New Horizons (NW) Ltd






Rebecca Maltby







Penny Rafferty

Sandcastle Care Ltd






Jenna Sommerville

Nestlings Care LTD






Natalie Williams 

Nurture Childcare 






Glynis Spriddell







Debbie Bavister

White Orchid Care






The Registered Manager and Education Award






Donna Francis

Footsteps to Futures Ltd 






Emma Hemmings

Oracle Care and Education Ltd






Chris Kirkbride

Acorn Care and Education






Barbara Layton

Flourish Gloucestershire Limited






Chloe Bryne

ROC Northwest






Jake Shelton

Kedleston Group






The Care Team Award (Care Homes)






Douglas House

New Horizons (NW) Ltd






Orchard house team

Pathways care group






Greg Harrison - Edgecote House







White Orchid Care

White Orchid Care






The Birches Childrens Home

Witherslack Group






Fountain House Team

Five Rivers Child Care Ltd






Chloe Byrne

ROC Northwest






Lancaster Road Dream Team

Hopscotch Care Limited






Stonycroft Team

Witherslack Group






The Children and Families Social Worker Award






Rebecca Knight

Central Bedfordshire Council






Emma Cox

Central Bedfordshire Council






Vicky Taylor

Wakefield Council






Jade Fennessy

Wakefield Council






The Children with Disabilities Award






Janet Deane

Coop Academy Southfield






Sally-Ann Cliffe

Nottingham City Council






LVS Hassocks

LVS Hassocks






The Children's Champion Award






Matthew Green

Care 4 Children






Anil Kumar reddy Kunchala







Abdul Siddiqi

Derby City Council






Sarah Roskell

Grahams Consultnts






Sarah Morgan and Andy Smith

Fostering UK Ltd






Kate Farrar

Wiltshire Council 






The Care Team Award (Community Services)






Villa Farm Staff Team

Outcomes First






Thunderbolt Mobile Team

Care Afloat Ltd






The Dingles Team

Calcot Services for Children






Hardwick House Team (Robyn, Toni, Lisa, Marie, Natasha)

Keswick Care






Team Holly Corner

Blue Elephant Childcare Ltd






Windows for Children

Windows for Children






Inspire Scotland

Inspire Scotland






The Employer Award (Independent)






Geraldine McDermott & Mark McDermott

Capstone Foster Care






Melanie McGawley

Proactive Care 






Hexagon Care Services

Hexagon Care Services






Inspire Scotland

Inspire Scotland






Mark Twinamr

Brinscall Care 






Sharon Tott

Steps 4 Life






Harvinder and Sukhbir Singh

Calcot Services for Children






Dianne Lodge and Barbara Whittaker

Dove Adolescent Services Ltd 






Rukiya Desai

Witherslack Group






John Parker & Paul Cook







Neville Rodgers







Keith Burley

Blue Elephant Childcare Ltd






The Employer Award (Not for Profit)






Gordon Quince

ID Residential ltd






Nathan Whitley 

Buckinghamshire children's services 






Jennifer Werner

Carers Hub 






Bella Broni-Phillips

Dudley Local Authority






The Foster Carer Award






Azhar and Lubna Ali

Care 4 Children






Aminah Rashid and Tauseef Ahmed

National Fostering Group






Janet and Robert Taylor

Calderdale council






Sandra and Tim Thorne

Central Bedfordshire Council






Issha and Matt Barr

Children Always First






Foster Carers







Paul and Kelly Lacey

Hope Fostering Services 






Nailesh Patel

ISP Fostering






The Fostering & Adoption Award






Foster Care Associates North East 

Foster Care Associates






Kim Curless

Wigan Council






The Frontline Leader Award






Kirsty Orton

Outcomes First Group






Matthew Brown

Pebbles Care






Julie Roberts 

Netheredge Care Ltd 






Aaron Redhead

Hopscotch Care Limited






Andrew Field

The Spring Children's and Transitional care






Stacey Watson

Foster Care Associates (North East)






Scott Usher

Hopscotch Care Ltd.






The Leaving Care Award






Darren Lewitt 

Volunteering Matters






Carin Laird & Jason Owens








Wings School Cumbria 






Mary Coyle

Barnardos - Lincolnshire Leaving Care Service






Carol Stewart 

Central Bedfordshire Council 






Lijeh Perez

Perez Consulting Limited






Leah Edwards

Wigan Council






Michael Doolin

Inspire Scotland






The Newcomer Award






Emily Wright

Central Bedfordshire Council






Lisa Cain

Care4Children - The Fostering Team






Emily Powell

Sea Sanctuary






Aisling Knight

London Borough of Hillingdon Children Social Care






Robyn sharpin

Keswick Care






Alison Chorlton

Sandcastle Care






Angela Hunt + Alison Kindred Byrne

To The Moon and Back Foster Care






The Outstanding Contribution Award






Louisa Iqbal 

Care 4 Children






Tyldesley School Team 

The Cambian Group






Rachel Redgwell

Calcot Services for Children






Keith Burley

Blue Elephant Childcare Ltd






Lynne Lynch 

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 






Aaliya Rose Duxbury

Sandcastle Care






Pier Pritchard

Wiltshire Council 






Louise Hurst

Children's  Services Rochdale Council 






Cheryl Broadhurst

Cheshire West & Chester Council






The Partnership Working Award






Early Help North and South, Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire






Donna Francis 

Footsteps to Futures Ltd






Dudley Virtual Alliance 

Dudley MBC






Adolescent Intervention & Prevention Team

Children's Services






Barnsley YJS

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 






The Protection of Children Award






Klaire Taylor

White Orchid Care LTD






Child in Need Team Widnes

Halton Borough Council






Noel Beaumont 

Buckinghamshire County Council 






Kelly Hogan

Wiltshire Council






Support and Safeguarding Team South 

Wiltshire Council 






Arronbeth Children's Services in partnership with Aspire Psychological Services  

Arronbeth Ltd






The Support Worker Award






Matthew Green

Care 4 Children






Jessica Hayes

Brinscall Care






Mollie Mcilroy

Sea Sanctuary






Bethany Blackham

Cambian Group






Tanya Rowe

Corbyn Road