Tuesday May 8, 2018
The government has broken a promise to cut soaring numbers of children being “farmed out” to children’s homes vast distances from where they were brought up and live.
Ann Coffey, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, will use a Commons debate today (Tuesday) to say there is growing evidence that “a sent away generation” of vulnerable youngsters are in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs.
The government pledged to clampdown on so called out of borough placements five years ago but there has been a 64 per cent rise nationally in the number of children being sent to live away between 2012 and 2017.
There has also been a huge increase in the number of sent-away children going missing with the number of missing incidents more than doubling to almost 10,000 a year.
Children and young people from middle class families are in danger of being groomed by urban criminal gangs to sell drugs in county towns, according to a new report.
Today’s report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults follows the revelation from the National Crime Agency last year that 80 per cent of police areas are now reporting exploitation of children by criminal gangs.
The NCA said that using children in ‘county lines’ operations – the supply of class A drugs from Urban areas to county towns – has spread out from London gangs to the rest of the country, including Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
Today’s APPG report warns that children and young people from ‘stable and economically better off backgrounds’ are being drawn in, coerced and exploited by criminal gangs.
MP meets computer coders of the future
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited Priestnall High School in Heaton Moor, and spent some time with pupils from Year 8 who have started using the BBC micro:bit to learn about computer coding.