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Staff member is honoured by Force for child protection work

November 8, 2017
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Committed administrator Lisa Hurst scooped the Police Staff of the Year honour at Thursday night’s (2 November 2017) Nottinghamshire Police Awards, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, the Nottinghamshire Police Federation and Mazars.

Since Lisa was appointed in the Force’s Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit (SEIU), within Public Protection, colleagues said she’d ‘demonstrated a commitment to the protection of children which far exceeds the responsibilities of her role’.

Her expertise in the field of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is such that she is now regarded by Force colleagues and partners as an expert in the field. This expertise has led to her being in demand to deliver CSE training to groups and communities committed to protecting children.

She has also been pivotal in developing the ‘Concerns Network’ forum, seeking to address a gap in information sharing where professionals had a concern about a child which fell short of a police or social care referral.

This partnership project, which has steadily grown in membership and meets bi-monthly to discussing CSE concerns, is now established throughout the county and was recognised for its achievements by the Home Office in 2015.

Lisa is also a Force ambassador for child protection and her innovation and creativity led her to playing a central role in the development of the Children at Risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CaROSE) database – now a multi-agency tool relied upon by local authorities and the voluntary sector to direct prevention work.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Quinn, who nominated Lisa for her award, said: "Lisa’s passion for child protection means she is constantly making new proposals for the way in which Nottinghamshire Police serves the public and reduces harm.

"She is clearly motivated by a passion for public service and protecting the vulnerable and Nottinghamshire Police should consider itself lucky to have employees like her." 

Lisa she was ‘shocked and surprised’ to receive her award. She added: "It’s great to be recognised for my work within the Force.

"Being the person who oversees and looks at the bigger picture can sometimes be challenging. Learning how to effectively relay my concerns and working with the much wider multi-agency arena has been the key to making progress and getting things done.

"I will always be passionate about keeping young people safe – what can be more important than looking after our future generation?

"I have more ideas and projects being developed that hopefully will reduce Child Sexual Exploitation risks even further. Every single young person is important and every intervention is priceless."

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