Health & Wellbeing Awards: Children & Young People

The Children & Young People Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This award is aimed at projects which can demonstrate a commitment to the health and wellbeing of children and young people (0-25 years).

This may be in those that deliver directly to young people themselves and or through parenting and skills development for parents and carers.


The finalists for the Children & Young People Award 2019 are:

YC Hertfordshire - The Empathy Project

The Empathy Project is an innovative peer-to-peer social prescription scheme for 11-17s in A&E departments in Hertfordshire.

Many 11-17s present at A&E with mental health issues / harming behaviours. The Empathy Project’s peer-volunteers provide practical support and social prescribing for young people waiting to see busy clinical staff. The approach has proven highly effective.

Community Links - More than Mentors

More than Mentors is an evidenced based, psychologically informed and innovative model of peer mentoring, which is co-facilitated by youth practitioners and supported by clinical supervision. It supports young people by offering an early action approach to addressing mental health needs, through building resilience and enabling opportunities for change.

BeeZee Bodies - BeeZee Families

BeeZee Bodies support overweight children to create healthy lifestyle changes that result in the entire family feeling healthier and happier! Our free and fun-filled BeeZee Families sessions help 5-15 year olds and their families to eat well and keep active by making long-term healthy habits. 


Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes can include:

  • Activities that promote healthy choices for physical activity, diet and substance use
  • Interventions that increase control for young people around their sexual health and relationships
  • Projects that address safeguarding
  • Programmes of work that enhance self-esteem and reduce harming behaviours
  • Programmes that offer educational and employment opportunities

Category winners have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists are considered for two special commendations given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners are announced at the annual RSPH Awards ceremony. ​​



The Children & Young People Award is supported by Irwin Mitchell.



Previous winners​

Find out more

For more information about the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the entry process, please see our Frequently asked questions. Alternatively, please email us.