WHISTLEBLOWER Jayne Senior has been awarded an MBE for services to child protection in Rotherham.
Mrs Senior ran council youth programme Risky Business for 11 years, reporting nearly 1,700 cases of troubled youngsters which were mostly ignored by authorities.
Her attempts to raise the alarm about child sexual exploitation were vindicated with the publication of the Jay and Casey reports.
Mrs Senior told the BBC: “I am saddened for the reasons that I got listed but it is an opportunity to keep raising awareness of the girls that were abused.
“It is an exoneration for telling the truth and also for all the victims who were telling the truth.”
Mrs Senior is now a Labour member of Rotherham Borough Council and runs Swinton Lock Activity Centre.
She was named Woman of the Year last October and picked up the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award 2016 last month.
Mexborough-born Brian Blessed was given an OBE for services to the arts and charity. He tweeted: “What a complete surprise. A huge thank you to all who nominated me. I am absolutely delighted.
“Thank you everyone for your very kind and sincere messages. I am humbled.”
Also among the 1,149 names on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list was Louise Casey, who becomes a dame for services to families and vulnerable people.
Her inspection found RMBC to be unfit for purpose last year and led to the Government intervention measures, including handing powers to commissioners.