City’s unsung heroes recognised in Queen’s New Year list

The father of a Rotherham abuse victim who has spent years campaigning against child sexual exploitation has been awarded the BEM.

Gary Smith is the co-founder of the Working Against Grooming organisation set up following the abuse scandal in the town. “We have worked closely with the police and crime commissioner, South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council”, he said. “You can go on blaming people every day for what happened but it’s about making sure it doesn’t happen to other families.”

Malcolm Newsam, former children’s social care commissioner at Rotherham Council, has been awarded a CBE for his work. He was part of the team brought in by the Government to oversee Rotherham Council in the wake of the abuse scandal.

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Doncaster’s elected mayor has Ros Jones received a CBE in recognition of her services to local government.

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2 thoughts on “City’s unsung heroes recognised in Queen’s New Year list

  1. Well derserve a dad who never gave up , he went above and beyond the true hero of Rotherham making changes not because he had to because he didn’t want another family to go through the same well done


  2. Pingback: The Week That Was – Last Weeks Top Ten 7th January 2017 | Rotherham Politics

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