John Cameron awarded OBE in New Year Honours Recognition for Head of Helplines and NSPCC workers

John Cameron, Head of Helplines at NSPCC has been awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to child protection.

John Cameron, Head of Helplines said:
"This award is a great honour and for me reflects the combined efforts of staff who have worked so hard to develop the vital services we offer," said John. "We've had to be flexible in responding to the different threats and dangers children face and the helpline continues to go from strength to strength."

John Cameron, Head of HelplinesJohn joined as a service manager to the NSPCC helpline in 1996, having worked extensively as a child protection social worker and team manager in a number of London Boroughs. Prior to this he was a special needs teacher in schools, specialising in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. In 2003, he became head of the NSPCC helpline and now also leads ChildLine.

John has also overseen major developments at the NSPCC including:

  • setting up the FGM helpline 
  • online safety advice line in partnership with O2
  • creating a helpline to support parents worried about children's gang involvement, or signs they're being drawn in.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive at NSPCC said:
"I'd like to congratulate John on this honour, which is thoroughly deserved. His commitment to protecting children and young people throughout his professional life is incredible. John has worked tirelessly to build the helpline and is highly respected within the NSPCC and by other child protection professionals."

Honours for NSPCC workers

Others honoured for services to children in the 2016 list include the NSPCC's:

  • Michael Josephson, NSPCC North West Divisional vice president
  • Janice Pallas, for charitable services to Children and Families
  • Jill Woodhouse, delivering NSPCC therapeutic services to children and young people
  • Elizabeth Walker, ChildLine volunteer.

About our helplines

NSPCC helplines now play a critical role in the child protection world. Dedicated lines have been set up for a number of major child abuse investigations and inquiries, including the Metropolitan Police Yewtree operation into offending by high profile celebrities. Information passed to the police helped secure a number of convictions.

Over the past decade, contacts to the NSPCC helpline from members of the public and professionals have risen sharply, as have referrals to protect children. In 2003 there were around 31,000 contacts resulting in 5,521 referrals.

Last year contacts topped 61,000 with referrals at 41,342.

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