Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s Child Protection Officer Mrs Christine Brady was awarded for Best Use of Services – Referrals Award at the Safety Net Awards Ceremony held to celebrate the organisation’s 20th year of supporting children and young people in Brighton & Hove.
The Awards ceremony took place at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, with over 130 people celebrating the special occasion. Award winners ranged from children, young people and families through to volunteers and professionals who work in partnership with the charity.
Mrs Brady’s award reflects the important role she plays in the Academy helping to improve student’s confidence and keeping them safe. Nikki Burke, former student, said “Christine always goes above and beyond to help students. She creates an atmosphere that feels like a little home. She would take me to my meeting so I felt looked after and improved my confidence by encouraging me to help younger students with their work. Christine is excellent at her job and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving for the award.”
Pippa Fairhead, Young People’s Worker at Safety Net, said “As a member of Safety Net staff I was asked to nominate people, including children and young people, who I’ve worked that I feel deserve an award for their work with us.
I have worked with Christine on and off for about 4 years and I have been struck by her belief in putting young people’s wishes and well-being at the forefront of her mind, as well as her work ethic. She has referred many young people for Safety Net service which aims to support them to build their confidence and resilience, as well as let them know their voice is important and know where to go to be heard. This is where Christine’s ethic sits so well with ours.”