Marsh Award for Innovation and Dedication

This award recognises those working with a Barnardo's service, who are involved in challenging areas of work, and who have shown determination to overcoming discrimination and finding new ways of working. Examples could include working with asylum seekers and refugees, working to support cultural traditions, protecting the rights of children or working with offenders.

The 2015 winner is Becky Lewis

Becky has been awarded for her work with the Barnardo’s Against Sexual Exploitation (BASE) service in Bristol. She played a significant role in support of ‘Operation Brooke’ which tried a group of perpetrators of sexual exploitation.

The case involved seven victims aged from 13 to 17 years old, and Becky and her team spent many months supporting the victims. She ensured that there was support and advice available at all hours of the day and night, took part in meetings with partners including Avon & Somerset Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and Bristol City Council, and attended the trial in order to give the children and young people the confidence to give evidence.

Becky hosted media visits to Bristol BASE and provided interviews to Sky News, Channel 4 News, BBC Points West, and BBC Radio Bristol, helping to raise awareness about the case, whilst ensuring that the interests of young people were safeguarded.

The police have admitted that some of the prosecutions would not have been possible without the support from Becky and her team, and this support has meant that the young people involved in the case have been able to face a more positive future.

Pictured: Becky receiving her award from Lorraine Ryan, MCT Trustee


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