Police officer's 'passion for child protection' hailed

March 03 2017

A POLICE officer based at Bristol Metropolitan Academy has been shortlisted for a national Unsung Hero award for her work in supporting victims of child sexual exploitation.

A POLICE officer based at Bristol Metropolitan Academy has been shortlisted for a national Unsung Hero award for her work in supporting victims of child sexual exploitation.

PC Louise Dembicki has led work to implement awareness within students’ PSHE lessons, as well as staff training and workshops at parents’ evenings.

She also provides direct help for victims within and outside school, which includes school holiday activities to ensure continued support.

Nominating Louise for the award, Cabot Learning Federation’s safeguarding lead Steve Bane, said: “PC Dembicki is a caring and dedicated police officer and it is clearly evident that she wants the best for our students.

“She’s passionate about raising awareness of child sexual exploitation to both our students and staff and has always made herself available to provide support, attending meetings and making home visits even on her days off.

“She has worked extremely hard to break down the barriers of trust that many students and their parents have had when talking to the police and, as a result, she has been a key individual in protecting several 

of our students from the risk of  child sexual exploitation and others from continued harm.”

PC Dembicki said: “It was a lovely surprise to be nominated for the award. I’ve always said I have the pleasure of working with a great team here at Bristol Met, and this is where our success in achieving the best possible results for the young people we work with lies.”

The NWG Network (formerly the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children) awards take place in Nottingham on March 22.

For information, guidance, help and support about child sexual exploitation – including how to spot the signs - visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org