Thursday 2 June 2022
Embrace Child Victims of Crime Chair Simon Bailey has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work in child protection.
The CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award given to those who have had a prominent role nationally or a leading role regionally.
Simon Bailey QPM, DL, former Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, and national police lead for child protection joined Embrace Child Victims of Crime as chair of the board of trustees last October. During his police career he oversaw some of the greatest changes in the way sexual exploitation crimes are dealt with. Since his retirement from the police service in June last year, he has continued to pursue his passion for safeguarding taking on a wide range of roles within the child protection arena including tackling exploitation, abuse and vulnerability.
On receiving his CBE, Simon said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way. I strongly be-lieve we all have a duty as a society to work together to protect our children and ensure they are given the life chances to reach their full potential and are kept safe from harm. I also remain absolutely determined to ensure young crime victims have access to the support they need to recover from the trauma caused by crime.
“Embrace does an amazing job for the thousands of young people it supports each year. My ambition is that every child who has been a victim of crime who wants counselling and support is able to get it. Over the next 12 months we will be working with fundraisers, corporate partners and commissioners to grow our services to enable Embrace to reach many more children and young people and help them get their lives back on track.”
Anne Campbell, Chief Executive of Embrace Child Victims of Crime, added: “Simon’s honour is well-deserved and we are fortunate he is now raising the issues of the devastating impacts of crime on children on behalf of Embrace. His experience across the issues that matter make him perfectly placed to lead our Board of Trustees to find the right support solutions.”
To find out more about Embrace CVoC visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk