Barnet Youth Shield wins London Safeguarding Children Award

Barnet Youth Shield wins London Safeguarding Children Award
12 December 2012

A project led by young people to raise awareness about issues which threaten their safety has won the prestigious London Safeguarding Children Award.

Youth Shield, which was nominated by Barnet Safeguarding Children Board, scooped the accolade for their work in giving young people a stronger voice on the issues affecting them.

Led by young people from Barnet, Youth Shield have carried out research with hundreds of children and young people to build a detailed picture of child safeguarding in the borough. Youth Shield was developed and has ongoing support from CommUNITY Barnet.

CommUNITY Barnet Interim CEO, Denise Murphy, said: "I am delighted by the ongoing success of this innovative project and really pleased that the young people who have worked so hard to make Youth Shield a success have received recognition with this award".

Youth Shield now act as formal advisers to the local safeguarding children board, highlighting the key issues that currently concern young people - such as peer to peer violence and sexual exploitation.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Families, said: “I was thrilled to hear it announced that Barnet's Youth Shield had won the London Safeguarding Children Award 2012. It's a great result for a super group of young people, in the face of stiff competition from some other excellent short-listed entries.“

The pioneering London Safeguarding Children Award scheme, which is in its second year, is run by the London Safeguarding Children Board. It highlights innovative ideas and good practice to improve the safeguarding of children across the capital.

The judges were Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs correspondent at The Times; Amanda Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and chair of the London Safeguarding Children Board, Cheryl Coppell.

Cheryl Coppell said: “The London Safeguarding Children Award is the only accolade of its kind recognising the innovative ideas and teamwork between safeguarding children boards and all the agencies they work with.

 “I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted nominees and most of all, I would like to congratulate the young people of Youth Shield for their victory in this year’s award. The work they are doing to make sure that the views of children and young people are central to the services that work with them is outstanding, and Barnet should be proud of the achievements of this exceptional group of young people.”

Youth Shield is now recruiting new members! 14-25 year olds who are interested should email Jo Domingo, CommUNITY Barnet’s Participation Officer: jo.domingo@barnetchildren.org

For more information on Barnet Youth Shield please see here.

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