Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a major report into child sexual exploitation by an influential parliamentary committee.
Tony said the report, published by the Home Affairs Committee on Monday 10 June 2013, was important to the debate on this difficult and complex issue, and gave useful advice to how public bodies should respond to it.
Tony said: “I strongly welcome this important report. The issue of this type of sexual exploitation of children is one that has cast a shadow over Greater Manchester in recent years. Every decent person – and all of our diverse communities – find this form of child abuse repugnant and inexcusable.
“‘Learning lessons’ is a phrase that is bandied about far too often, but the awful case in Rochdale has genuinely transformed the way police, council, health services and others in the town have faced up to this complex and devastating issue. We cannot undo the horrific abuse these girls underwent and we owe it to them to learn those lessons. And I believe the failures of the past have helped shape a new way of dealing with child sexual exploitation that will bring perpetrators to justice and protect the vulnerable.
“Ultimately the report recognises something that should be common sense – when agencies work together and share information the results are beneficial. Communities also have a vital role to play by being vigilant and reporting suspicions.
“When we stand together we can ensure young people are protected.”