Elected in 1992, Ann Coffey is the Member of Parliament for Stockport.
Before she was elected, she worked with children and families as a senior social worker.
Ann is the author of Real Voices, an independent report into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester published in October 2014. This was followed up with ‘Real Voices – Are They being heard?’ in March 2017.
She is also the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. The APPG produced a report in 2012 into children missing from care and the link between missing and child sexual exploitation. The APPG later produced a further report in 2016 into Safeguarding of Absent Children.
The All-Party group produced the ‘Briefing report on the round-table on children who go missing and are criminally exploited by gangs’ in July 2017. This was followed up with a second round-table in December 2017 on the disruption of County Lines.
The APPG held an inquiry into missing adults who have mental health issues in the summer of 2018. A further parliamentary inquiry is currently being held by the APPG into the record numbers of children who go missing after being ‘farmed out’ to live in children’s homes miles away. Those interested can read more information here.
In Parliament, Ann has led debates on removing the term ‘child prostitute’ from the statute books, catfishing and digital identity, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, children missing from care, the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and modern slavery.
In November last year, Ann called for an independent review of the criminal justice system including consideration to be given for the abolition of jury trials in rape cases.
Ann resigned from the Labour Party in February 2019 and now sits with the Independent Group in Parliament for which she is the spokesperson for Children and Education.
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