Local children's champion honoured by the Queen
Pauline Geraghty, who has helped runaway children in Lancashire with The Children's Society over the past 11 years, was this week awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Pauline received the award for her work at The Children's Society's Lancashire Children’s Rights project, based in Preston.
Creating services throughout Lancashire
The nomination was primarily for Pauline's work with young people who run away. She has been the driving force in creating services throughout Lancashire.
One key success was making sure that runaways in Lancashire are given a 'return home' interview, which means that the young people are properly supported after running away.
Pauline's work in preventing and supporting the victims of childhood sexual exploitation has also been significant. Pauline has been central to several different agencies coming together, including the police and children's services to make sure that society's most vulnerable children were, and continue to be, fully supported.
The Lancashire project that Pauline ran has become recognised as an example of good practice and won a Guardian Public Service Award in 2005.
'Pauline is everything that someone working with children should be'
Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, said: 'Pauline is everything that someone working with children should be - caring, passionate, a strong advocate and calm. She has a real gift for making things happen, and is always ready to praise others.
'This award is thoroughly deserved and we are tremendously proud of the work that she has done for young people across Lancashire.'
Pauline Geraghty MBE, said: 'I am honoured to receive this award and see it as recognition for what my team, colleagues in The Children's Society and external colleagues have achieved for children and young people across Lancashire.'
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