Ann Coffey

Monthly Archives: December 2013

Trafficked children let down by the care system

5th December 2013

Trafficked children are being badly let down by the care system with many going missing and ending up being sexually or physically abused or working in cannabis farms.

Ann Coffey MP, the chair of the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, will tell the Commons today (Thursday) that part of the problem was because the authorities view child trafficking as an immigration control and not a child protection issue.

Speaking during a debate on Modern Slavery she said that many trafficked children run away from children’s homes and many are never found again.

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Runaway children at risk from new police rules

17th December 2013

Vulnerable children who run away from home or care could be in greater danger of child sexual exploitation because of new police rules, Ann Coffey MP has warned.

Ms Coffey, who is the chair of the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, said that children are more likely to “fall through the gaps” because of  new police definitions of “missing” and  “absent” introduced earlier this year.

She was responding to new research published by Portsmouth University, ACPOand the National Crime Agency – on how children defined as ‘absent’ are safeguarded in six sample police force areas.

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Help for Stockport Foodbank

Stockport Foodbank has been awared the largest share of money for local charities from the £10,000 Vernon Building Society Jubilee Fund.

The Building Society and the Stockport Express joined forces and asked readers to vote for their favourite good causes.

Express readers collected tokens to support their chosen charity or community group and the Stockport Foodbank received the most votes and was awarded £1,313.

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