Children's Charities Nominated for 'Campaign of the Year'

Date: 15th September 2011
Category: Respect for the views of the child

Five of the country's leading children's charities have been jointly nominated for a prestigious award after working together to reform the way children's hearings are handled in Scotland.

Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo's Scotland, Children 1st, Aberlour and Quarriers all played a vital role in shaping the Children's Hearings (Scotland) legislation which was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in 2010, and received Royal Assent in January 2011. Now the five influential charities have been nominated for the Devolved Administrations Campaign of the Year in the annual Public Affairs News awards programme.

Scotland operates a unique volunteer-led system, which has taken a welfare based approach to support thousands of vulnerable children who have offended and/or require care and protection, and helped them to turn their lives around. Through joint working the five national charities were ale to ensure that the needs and interests of the largest possible number of vulnerable children were represented, and considered, throughout the legislative process.

The alliance of charities is one of three nominees in the 'Devolved Administrations Campaign of the Year' category. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held in London in November.