Tuesday 10 July 2012
National centre for online protection recognises partners in annual awards
Organisations and individuals were recognised last night, 9 July 2012, for their significant contribution in the fight against the exploitation of children.
The awards, presented by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre recognise the dedication and commitment of those who have a vested interest in the safeguarding of children and young people.
The winners, from both the UK and overseas, were invited to attend the awards evening at Microsoft’s offices in Cardinal Place, London, where they received the awards from CEOP’s Chief Executive Peter Davies. Police officers, Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) and education professionals were just some of the winners.
Peter Davies, CEO of CEOP said:
I would firstly like to congratulate all the winners of the 2012 awards on behalf of all at CEOP.
“We are a national centre with a huge footprint thanks to the partnerships we have established and the thousands of volunteers who work with us to help fight the exploitation of children. We would not be able to achieve the results we do without that inclusive approach and our awards are designed to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in making a difference”.
Lynne Featherstone MP, Minister for Equalities and Criminal Information continued:
These awards are an opportunity for CEOP to recognise the considerable efforts of those dedicated to protecting children. I have been hugely impressed with the dedication of the CEOP staff and all their partners who work with the centre and I send my congratulations to the winners of the awards.”
The 2012 winners include:
- Matt Long, Kent Police who was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tracking Child Sexual Offenders award;
- The NGO Justice and Care, for Outstanding Contribution to International Child Protection;
- Lincolnshire Police, who won the Outstanding Contribution to Online Investigation and Child Protection award for Operation Alpine;
- Rebecca Avery, Children’s Champion of the Year;
- The Cambodian National Police, for their Outstanding Contribution to Police Deployment in Child Protection; and
- Rubin Rodriguez, from the Unites States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for Special Recognition in Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation.