Bravery award group photo New Delhi. The national awards for bravery was started in 1957 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare. The award was to recognise and honour children who performed outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice. The first award was given in 1957, when two children -- a boy and a girl -- were rewarded for their presence of mind and courage.Since then the ICCW has conferred awards on children below the age of 16, every year. Applications for the awards are received from various sources such as the central/state government departments, panchayats, zilla parishads, school authorities as well as state and Union territory councils for child welfare.