19 October 2017
FIND A WAY OUT – THE MESSAGE TO VICTIMS BEING GROOMED TO COMMIT CRIME
Police, local authorities, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, young people and an MP have launched a campaign to stop criminal gangs from grooming children and vulnerable adults to commit crime.
The campaign, known as ‘Trapped’, aims to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and young adults to commit crime on their behalf.
Ann Coffey MP has welcomed the introduction of a new National Missing Persons Register as the number of missing children incidents in Greater Manchester continues to increase.
The new Register, to be introduced in 2018, will allow police forces to access information about children going missing across force boundaries, which they cannot do at the moment.
PRESS RELEASE FROM ANN COFFEY MP
DANGEROUS POLICE RECORDING SYSTEM FOR MISSING CHILDREN SCRAPPED
Campaigning children’s MP Ann Coffey has expressed delight that a controversial police recording system for missing children – described as a ‘catastrophe waiting to happen’ – has been scrapped.
Ms Coffey, who is chair of the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, had persistently slammed the system introduced in 2013 because it left children in grave danger.
Under the two tier system, children were classed as either ‘missing’ or ‘absent’ – but crucially only a child classed as missing received an active police response.Last year an inquiry by the All Party Group into the safeguarding of “absent” children recommended the recording system should be abandoned because it left at least 10,000 children a year at ‘terrible risk’.