Local councils are unwittingly acting as ‘recruiting sergeants’ for County Lines drugs gangs by sending vulnerable children to live miles away from home, according to a parliamentary inquiry out today.
Evidence submitted to the inquiry suggests thousands of children are being put at risk by being moved to children’s homes up to 100 miles from where they live.
This “sent away generation” become magnets for paedophiles and ‘County Lines’ gangs as they are isolated from friends, family and social workers, says the report ‘No Place at Home’ by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults into children missing from out of area placements.
More than 70 per cent of the 41 police forces that responded to the inquiry said that placing children out of area increased their risk of exploitation often resulting in them being coerced into going missing.
In the 21st century, a good IT system is essential for every police force to record and share information and intelligence.
On the 9th July Greater Manchester Police launched their new IT system called iOPS, 19 months late, it has taken nearly 5 years to design by Capita. It has cost millions of pounds.
The new system which GMP is the first police force to use is a month later still posing problems for officers.
I visited Tithe Barn Primary the other week where the children are learning to use Google Cloud as a resource.
Year 6 Digital Leaders gave me a very impressive presentation and I was particularly struck by some of their comments. They said
‘We have access to a green paperless homework system called Google Classroom and we can access all our work from home’