A police educational advisor in Northern Ireland has been recognised as one of the leading figures in the fight against child abuse, it was revealed on Thursday.
Dympna Thornton received a coveted award from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre on Wednesday.
She was nominated for her delivery of internet safety lessons to police officers who visit Northern Irish schools.
Ms Thornton said: "I am delighted, and privileged to have been nominated and won this award.
"This is recognition of the great work which our police officers do every day in schools and colleges across Northern Ireland. Without their hard work and commitment, I would not be here to accept this award."
She received the 'Children's Champion 2009' Award.
CEOP - the UK's national law enforcement centre for tackling the sexual exploitation of children - announced record results with 346 children safeguarded, 714 arrests, 166 high risk sex offender networks dismantled and over four million children and young people involved in the Thinkuknow education programme since the organisation was launched in April 2006.