The Stephenson Awards

The Stephenson Awards celebrate everyone who goes the extra mile to make sure Action for Children is there for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and families.

150 years ago, The Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson found two homeless children living under the arches of Waterloo station. He took them and many more in off the streets, forming The Children's Home - the beginnings of Action for Children.


stephensons awards winners

Each year, in memory of the life-changing kindness of our founder, we recognise our supporters, volunteers, foster carers, adoptive parents and staff members for their work and the children, young people and families we support.

Anyone involved with Action for Children can nominate someone they think has gone above and beyond, whether it be a young person who has shown enormous courage in their life or a volunteer who never gives up.

Once the nominations are received, an expert panel of specially selected judges narrow it down and those shortlisted are invited to attend a celebratory ceremony in February 2021 in London along with where the winners are announced. At the ceremony, we also recognise some of our long-serving staff members who have been dedicated to helping children and young people for 20, 25, 35 and 45 years.

You can nominate an outstanding individual or organisation.

To nominate someone inspiring, follow the links below to the form for each award.

The General Stephenson Award recognises the commitment and expertise of those who make a difference to the lives of the UK's most disadvantaged children, young people and their families.

The Young People’s Champion Award recognises the efforts of those who campaign to make a difference to the lives of the UK's most disadvantaged children and young people – this can be a colleague, someone in the public eye who works as an advocate for young people’s issues or an organisation.

The Young People's Choice Award is awarded to someone who has been nominated by a child or young person has nominated. It recognises the support they have shown. This form should be completed by a child or young person, with help if needed.

The Young Achiever Award recognises the achievements of a child or young person who has overcome adversity through their own determination and with the support of Action for Children.

The Walter Tull Award recognises those who work hard to promote inclusion and diversity across Action for Children.

Nominations are open 26th February - 11th September 2020.

stephensons awards judges

Our panel of expert judges working hard during a previous judging day.

Every year we have a wide variety of judges which includes supporters, trustees, staff, young ambassadors from our services and celebrity ambassadors.

Previous judges have included newsreader Alastair Stewart, Nicky Campbell and Richard Farleigh.



"I’m stunned to receive the award. It was a lovely experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are lots of people who deserve this award, but it is on behalf of the youngsters we advocate for."

Eve – Outstanding Volunteer Award 2017