Stockport MP Ann Coffey joined with local residents, young people and Stockport police at an event in Brinnington Park during the Phoenix Week of Action to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The evening of fun in the park brought everyone together to watch a football match between Brinnington’s BarcaStar Junior Football Club and the Project Phoenix football team. The Juniors won the match 10 – 8 and the highest scorer of the day was Tyler, who was awarded a family ticket to watch Stockport County play, donated by the club.
Project Phoenix was set up by Greater Manchester Police with partners including the local authorities and children’s charities to tackle child sexual exploitation across the region, with a team dedicated to combatting CSE in each of the districts, including Stockport.
Real Voices, Ann Coffey’s independent report on CSE in Greater Manchester was published on October 30th 2014. Amongst her recommendations, Ann has stressed the need to get the message out to young people and everyone in the community. Ann supports the “It’s Not Okay” campaign http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/who-we-are/ which is raising the profile of CSE and helping people to recognise the signs and report it.
Ann Coffey said:
“It’s great to see the community coming together at a fun event with a strong message aimed at keeping children safe.”
Detective Sergeant Mark Montrose from Stockport’s Child Sexual Exploitation Unit said
“The most important message emanating out of Brinnington Park on the evening was that child abuse in any form is not okay! Project Phoenix teams from Greater Manchester Police, Stockport and partner agencies will work together with local communities to educate and prevent child sexual exploitation and where necessary investigate and prosecute those who seek to exploit the children of Greater Manchester.”