‘Unsung hero’ honoured for work to protect kids

Sheila Taylor MBE presents a Helping Hands award from the NWG Network to Kevin Robinson, a Barnado's worker from Brighouse
Sheila Taylor MBE presents a Helping Hands award from the NWG Network to Kevin Robinson, a Barnado's worker from Brighouse

A charity worker from Brighouse has been honoured for his “fantastic” work with children at risk of sexual exploitation.

Kevin Robinson, 36, has been presented with a Helping Hands award from the NWG Network – the national body that links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have been subjected to child sexual exploitation.

Kevin was presented with the award by Sheila Taylor MBE, Chief Executive of the NWG Network.

He was nominated for the one-to-one work he has done with many young people to help them protect themselves or recover from child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The nomination described Kevin’s “fantastic rapport with young people” and his excellent working relationship with West Yorkshire Police’s CSE team, which has led to many perpetrators being brought to justice.

Kevin has presented dozens of assemblies and parents’ evenings throughout Yorkshire to highlight the issue of CSE and how to keep safe online.

Kevin, who was described as an “unsung” hero in the nomination, said: “I was quite embarrassed. Being unsung is one thing, but it feels strange being sung.

“It feels great to get this recognition, but as far as I’m concerned I’m just someone doing a job although I’m very happy to have been given this.”