Cafcass shortlisted for this year’s Children and Young People Awards

We are pleased to announce that Cafcass has been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s Children and Young People Now (CYPNow) Awards.

The CYPNow Awards celebrate best practice in the sector, highlighting innovation and the positive impact of social work with children, young people and families.

Two initiatives, the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme (CPPP) and our ‘How it looks to me’ app, have been recognised by the judges this year for their support of children and families who are involved in family court proceedings.

Julie Brown, Interim Chief Executive of Cafcass, said: ‘These are tough shortlists to get on to, so it is a great achievement to be showcasing these two elements of our direct work with children and adults.’

The CPPP is an innovative programme which supports parents to place themselves in their child’s shoes. Delivered over a 12-week period, it aims to promote change between parents and reduce the emotional harm experienced by the child. The CPPP was shortlisted for two awards: the Safeguarding Award, a category open to initiatives that have kept children safe from harm; and the Family Justice Award, for initiatives that have helped families to avoid and resolve disputes.

Our app, ‘How it looks to me’, was shortlisted in the Social Work Award category. This award honours an initiative that has helped to transform the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Our innovative app enables children to share their thoughts, wishes and emotions through a creative electronic tool. Practitioners can directly embed the results into court reports, bringing the child’s voice to life and ensuring that their views are heard and clearly conveyed in court proceedings.

Winners will be chosen from the shortlisted entrants and announced at the CYPNow awards ceremony in November this year. To view the full shortlist on the CYPNow website, click here.


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