A SURVIVOR of child sexual exploitation from Newport who has helped authorities create new procedures and training packages around the offence has been shortlisted for the Young Person’s St David Award.

Lowri Hawkins gave evidence against her abuser, who was subsequenty jailed.

She has since worked tirelessly to support police agencies to improve their response to child sexual exploitation.

Ms Hawkins, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity, has also worked with the the office of the police and crime commissioner to improve police service delivered to children.


It has seen her feedback  used to develop a regional response throughout Gwent and even amend policy and procedures.

A new training package has been created for all front line police officers and partners, to create a child centred culture in policing, as a result.

Ms Hawkins' feedback has also been used at a national level to brief Welsh Government to influence national policy and practice.

And she has now been shortlisted for a St David Award, with First Minister Mark Drakeford announcing the 2019 finalists today.

Ms Hawkins is currently studying a course in social care as she is committed to help protect vulnerable children.

The St David Awards are the national awards of Wales, which recognise the extraordinary achievements and contributions of people in, or from, Wales and from all walks of life.

Announcing the finalists, the First Minister said: “Being involved with the St David Awards for the first time, I was struck by the inspiring talent Wales has across so many different areas.

“These awards are a celebration, acknowledging some amazing and remarkable people. Each of the finalists have made a significant difference – overcoming adversity and achieving something truly inspirational.

“All of our St David Awards finalists are exceptional – every person and organisation is a credit to our nation. I look forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards ceremony on 21st March.”

The award categories are: Bravery, Citizenship, Culture, Enterprise, Innovation, Science and Technology, International, Sport and Young Person.

A full list of nominees can be found here.