The Philip Lawrence Awards were set up in memory of head teacher Philip Lawrence who was murdered outside his school in 1995 after going to the aid of a pupil who was being attacked by a gang.
Philip believed in the huge potential of young people to make a difference and to achieve great things.
His widow, Frances Lawrence, continues Philip’s legacy by championing young people and their achievements. She campaigned to establish the Philip Lawrence Awards and in 1997 Rt Hon Michael Howard, the then Home Secretary funded the first Philip Lawrence Awards. They have run each year since then with the support of the Home Office and since 2009 the added support of the Department for Education.
PLAnet, the Philip Lawrence Awards Network, was launched in December 2009, intended to bring a new dimension to the awards and to give young people more opportunities to get involved. We want to show everyone just how many groups of young people are doing extraordinary things for their communities: leading the way, crossing divides, building bridges between young people and adults, and making their communities stronger and safer.
The Philip Lawrence Awards always have young people at their heart and PLAnet is a showcase for their achievements.
The Philip Lawrence Awards Network is managed by Nacro.
We reduce crime by changing lives. We work with the most disadvantaged people, offenders and those at risk of offending, to help them find positive alternatives to crime and to achieve their full potential in our society. Registered charity number 226171.
The NASUWT is a trade union representing teachers throughout the UK.
Children Now and Young People Now publish a magazine and website covering all issues facing children and young people aged 0 – 19 years. They bring together children’s and youth professionals across health, social care, education, childcare, youth work, youth justice and advice & guidance for young people.