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.

Over 147 years ago, 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 National Children's Home (NCH) - the beginnings of Action for Children.



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 2019 in London along with where the winners are announced. At the ceremony, we also recognise and invite some of our long serving staff members who have continuous commitments such as 20, 25, 35 and 45 years in the last 12 months

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

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 (pictured).



I have always felt very proud of working for the children and for Action for Children.
Lynn – 35 years continuous commitment