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.
Thursday 30 October 2014
Today I am launching my independent report Real Voices – Child Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester, which was commissioned by Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd to examine what has changed since the Rochdale grooming case in 2012, and what still needs to change.
I was determined that the voices of young people should be heard very clearly through the report, and I’m keen to see a radical new approach to CSE, to be led by young people themselves. In the report, I have made a range of recommendations on how CSE cases can be better dealt with in future, and also how preventative measures including better training, raising awareness of the issues amongst young people, and increased joint working across police and local authority boundaries might help prevent CSE from taking place. I also recommend that CSE should be treated as a key public health priority in the same way that smoking and obesity are, so that a more strategic approach can be developed to combat it.
You can download the full report here: Real Voices Report
It’s the start of a new school year, and for children who live in Brinnington, moving up from primary to secondary school means travelling to one of three secondary schools out of the area – Werneth, Harrytown or Reddish Vale. Problems with transport to school have been at the heart of the poor attendance of many Brinnington children and I have worked hard, with local Councillors, to get something done about it.