Just for Kids Law has won Organisation of the Year, taking home the most sought-after of the Howard League for Penal Reform's Community Awards. JfKL were awarded the prestigious prize at a ceremony that followed the Howard League's "Policing the community" conference in central London.
The Howard League Community Awards recognise the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime. JfKL was chosen from a shortlist of seven organisations, including Circles South East and the Safer Living Foundation, both of whom received special commendations from the prize committee.
In awarding the prize, Howard League trustee Gerry Marshall highlighted JfKL's holistic approach and commitment to wider reform of the youth justice sector, as well as the long history of collaboration between the two organisations.
Just for Kids Law CEO Enver Solomon collects the Organisation of the Year award from Howard League trustee Gerry Marshall. The Howard League For Penal Reform's ‘Policing the community’ conference and Community Awards 2018 (photo by Andy Aitchison)
Just for Kids Law CEO Enver Solomon said: "This award is testament to our fantastic work and the progress we have made over the past year. We hope it will encourage more organisations, state institutions and policy-makers to look closely at our holistic approach to supporting young people in difficulty. It is a great honour to be recognised for our work by an organisation with such a proud history of campaigning for reform to the justice system."
Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Our Community Awards celebrate successful projects and pioneers who guide people away from crime and make us all safer.
“Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations.”