We were all horrified that groups of men sexually exploited children and young girls from Rochdale and Stockport.
The sexual exploitation of children was brought sharply to public notice by the Rochdale court case but of course child sexual exploitation can take many forms, including online grooming.
Tony Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, has asked me to see what improvements have been made in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation since the Rochdale victims first came forward and what more needs to be done in Greater Manchester.
I have had an interest in child protection all my working life and I am the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue of child sexual exploitation.
The inquiry will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.
It follows the shocking child grooming case in Rochdale which saw nine men imprisoned for a total of 77 years last year for the abuse of dozens of girls in the town.
The Coffey Inquiry will speak to agencies, experts, victims and their families, as well as drawing together the range of reports published both on the case itself, and the broader issue of child sexual exploitation. Where possible evidence will be held in public.