Ann Coffey

Monthly Archives: November 2018


Presentation to Howard League conference on the criminalisation of children in care

The Howard League for Penal Reform invited me to their ‘Policing the community’ conference, earlier this week, on the criminalisation of children in care where I presented the APPG’s research on children in out of borough placements and their vulnerability to being targeted by criminal gangs.

You can view my presentation here.

Presentation to Royal College of Psychiatrists – Grooming children

The Royal College of Psychiatrist’s invited me to speak at their ‘Stolen childhoods—gangs and grooming’ conference in London.  While there I raised the importance of including young people in the co-designing of services that will later support exploited children.

For those interested my presentation is available here.

Shocking numbers of children in care going missing

15th November 2018

Soaring numbers of incidents of children going missing from care to 70,250 last year are ‘truly shocking’, according to Ann Coffey MP.

Ms Coffey, who is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, said the latest figures released today by the Department for Education on Looked after children in England were ‘grim’.

There were 70,250 incidents of children going missing from care in 2018 involving 11,530 individual children – up almost 10,000 from 60,870 incidents last year.

Significantly, nearly half of the incidents involved children in residential care, which includes children’s homes.

The numbers of missing incidents of children in care has risen massively by 145 per cent since 2015 when the figure was 28,700.

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