What is the deadline to submit an entry into the Children & Young People Now Awards 2019?

The Children & Young People Now Awards will now close on the 5th July 2019

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free.

Is there a late entry fee if I don’t submit before the deadline?

Any entry received after the official closing date without prior agreement will incur a charge of £50 + VAT, irrespective of whether the entry is from the public, voluntary or private sector. This is to cover the extra cost of administration and amendments to the judging packs. If you think your entry will be late then please get in touch immediately with events manager Bianca Banoo on 0203 874 9223 or  bianca.banoo@markallengroup.com.

How many entries may I submit?

You can enter any number of categories, but the maximum number of categories an initiative can be entered for is three.

Can I submit supporting material?

Yes. Make sure any such material directly supports your entry. This can include: examples of the work itself; user or partner testimonials; statement from the commissioning organisation; supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, with relevant sections clearly highlighted; press cuttings, promotional material, photographs or other material that can give the judges a flavour of how the project worked on the ground, and what it felt like to the children or young people involved. However, please do not overload the judges with material; make what you send in really count. Please send in supporting material to:

Bianca Banoo
Children & Young People Now Awards
The Mark Allen Group
St Jude's Church
Dulwich Road
SE24 0PB

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

They will be processed by the awards team ready for judging. Judging takes place during the end of July and August and the shortlist will be announced at the beginning of September.

How can I buy tickets to the ceremony?

Bookings for the Children & Young People Now Awards are currently closed. You can book your table to the ceremony in September 2019 once the shortlist has been announced. 

What is your cancellation policy?

Please click here to read our terms and conditions

How will I know whether my organisation/project has been shortlisted?

The full shortlist will be published on this website in September. You will also receive confirmation by email at this time.


Who can enter the awards?

Any organisations or individuals who are based in the UK and whose work is UK based, can enter the awards.

Who judges the awards?

A panel of experts and professionals from across the children and young people’s sector will first judge the entries. This panel will represent the diversity of agencies and disciplines that make up the sector and the judges will have the knowledge and experience to assess each project according to its objectives and available budget. Judges who have a connection with any entry will not be allowed to vote on that entry or lobby the other judges on its behalf. A second round of judging will be undertaken by a group of young judges hand picked by Children & Young People Now.

What will the judges look for?

The aim of the Children & Young People Now Awards is to recognise excellence, innovation and impact. The judges will be looking for examples of excellent projects, services, teams, and individuals. Each entry must indicate clearly to both the adult and young judges the nature and degree of difficulty faced, and how this was overcome, all backed up with hard evidence. For the best chance of winning an award, be concise, be clear and remember your entry will be judged by young people as well as sector experts.

What do we mean by ‘hard evidence’?

Judges will look for entries that show evidence of increased impact in the lives of children, young people and/or families. This impact can be described, but also, crucially, should be quantified in some way. Judges will want to know how that impact is measured, and how you are ensuring this increased impact is sustained over time.

Can I cancel my entry?

You may cancel your entry up until the entry deadline. If you wish to cancel your entry please email  bianca.banoo@markallengroup.com

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

There is the opportunity to sponsor the awards. For more information please email: 
george.hogg@markallengroup.com or call: 020 7501 6699

When is the awards presentation?

The ceremony for the 2019 awards will be held on Thursday 28th November 2019, at the Hurlingham Club, London.