Drugs gangs targeting vulnerable children in Greater Manchester
Ann Coffey MP warned today that vulnerable children in Greater Manchester are being targeted by violent criminal gangs to transport and sell drugs across the country.
Speaking in a House of Commons adjournment debate on ‘County Lines’, Ms Coffey said that children in children’s homes and Pupil Referral Units were being groomed and used by gangs. She urged anyone who suspected this was happening in their community to report it to Greater Manchester Police.
Ms Coffey, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, praised the GMP ‘Trapped Campaign’ which aims to raise awareness in communities and schools of the grooming of children to act as drug mules by criminal gangs.
Please find below a link to Ms Coffey’s speech that she gave during the debate.
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), whose national support line is based in Stockport.
NAPAC is a national charity which offers support to adults who suffered any type of childhood abuse – physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. NAPAC’s support line is totally confidential and is free from landlines and mobile phones is 0808 801 0331.
During her visit, Ann met some of the busy NAPAC volunteers, who receive extensive training before they take calls. The demand for the survivor support line and e-mail support service has risen substantially over the past three years, with 89,960 call attempts last year.
To: Home Office consultation on Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect.
12th October 2016
Dear Consultation team,
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the consultation document Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.
Although the proposed statutory duties would not apply to the public I welcome the statement in the document that ‘safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility’.