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’.
During this Parliament I have worked hard to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and to change the law to help protect children.
The Serious Crime Bill, which is going through Parliament, is an opportunity to remove all references to child prostitution from legislation, and I spoke in the House of Commons in January to press for amendments to the Bill which would consign this outdated term to the history books.
14th January 2015
Teachers are on the frontline on the fight against child sexual exploitation, Ann Coffey MP said in a lecture at Manchester University today.
The campaigning MP told 400 trainee and newly qualified teachers at an Inclusion and Social Justice Conference at the University:
“You can make a difference to children’s lives by helping to raise awareness of the issue and recognising the importance of changing attitudes and culture.