We are delighted to share the news that, on 24 November 2022, For Baby’s Sake and our partnership with Blackpool Better Start won the Safeguarding Award at the prestigious Children and Young People Now awards.
This award is for the initiative nationally that is making the biggest contribution to keeping children and young people safe from harm. Judges looked for exceptional teamwork and multi-agency working. They highlighted the whole-family outcomes achieved through For Baby’s Sake and our partnership with Blackpool Better Start. The judges praised how For Baby’s Sake Practitioners work therapeutically with both parents, starting in pregnancy, to empower parents to break the cycle of domestic abuse, develop skills for resilience and give their baby the best start in life, especially when they did not have that themselves.
Thank you to Blackpool Better Start for nominating the Blackpool For Baby’s Sake Team, in recognition of the impact of For Baby’s Sake on the families participating in the programme and on wider professional practice and systems, including for engaging fathers and improving support and outcomes for care-experienced families.
It was perfect timing to win the award on the eve of global 16 Days of Activism against domestic and gender-based violence and celebrate the For Baby’s Sake model of whole-family safeguarding and breaking intergenerational cycles of domestic abuse.
This award comes less than a year after the Centre for Justice Innovation awarded For Baby’s Sake the Nick Crichton Award for Family Justice, with judges praising our innovative whole-family model.