The number of reported sexual offences against children in Lancashire has risen by nearly a third this year.
The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for raping a young Asian girl.
A woman who was raped in Oldham has waived her right to anonymity to call on David Cameron to launch an inquiry over child exploitation.
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue of child sexual exploitation.
The inquiry will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.
Mr Lloyd's office said it follows the child grooming case in Rochdale which saw nine men imprisoned for a total of 77 years last year for the abuse of dozens of girls in the town.
The Coffey Inquiry will speak to agencies, experts, victims and their families, as well as drawing together the reports published on the case.
Mr Lloyd said he hopes the inquiry will report back with recommendations on how agencies can work better together to respond effectively to the issue.
– Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.
The Rochdale grooming case was, of course, shocking. These evil men destroyed the lives of dozens of girls in Rochdale.
"Those victims were subsequently let down by many agencies in Rochdale.
“This inquiry will look at the mistakes of the past, but more importantly it will look at what has been done since to protect young people.
"There has been a real and lasting transformation in the way police, council, health and other agencies have faced up to this devastating and complex issue in Rochdale."
– Ann Coffey, Member of Parliament for Stockport.
The Rochdale case shocked the country and opened many people’s eyes to the horrors of child sexual exploitation.
“It is important to assess what progress has been made since then in safeguarding children in Greater Manchester and to see what more needs to be done in the future.”
The victims were teenagers when they were plied with drink and drugs and subjected to serious sexual assaults. A judge in Manchester jailed the three men for total of 37 years. Police branded them despicable, and one of the victims said she feels her life has been destroyed.
Lancashire Police is hosting a conference to share ideas on dealing with child sexual exploitation. The conference will cover lessons learned from recent high profile investigations and their impact on community cohesion and feature a case study of group related abuse and exploitation.
– Det Supt Ian Critchley, Lancashire Constabulary
“We strive for excellence in all areas of policing, and none more so than in our protection of children to keep them safe from being abused and exploited. This conference will allow agencies to share good practice in relation to the provision of the best possible care for victims and their families.A significant area for us all requiring both cultural and legal change is how victims of exploitation, particularly those that have been in care, are both perceived and treated by services..”
– Ibrahim Master, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
"Ensuring services for victims of CSE are supported is a key part of the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan, and I am proud to be able to represent him at this conference. We must ensure we all work together to tackle and raise awareness of CSE, and this event is an excellent example of that. It will allow valuable resources and best practice to be shared, as well as strengthening the Constabulary's commitment to tackling CSE. I hope all victims across Lancashire – or anyone concerned a child may be being abused – will feel they can come forward to Lancashire police."
Lancashire Police will host a conference on child sexual exploitation. The aim is to bring together experts to share best practice in dealing with the issue. Last year the force received 1,307 referrals about vulnerable children.
Police in Lancashire say they've seen a rise in the number of reports of sexual offences against children. The number of cases have gone up by around a third since last year. Lancashire Police has launched a child sexual exploitation awareness week to encourage victims to speak out.
The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.
Shabir Ahmed, 59, led a child sex exploitation ring of nine men who targeted vulnerable young girls in the Rochdale and Oldham areas.
He was jailed for 19 years in May following an 11-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.Today he received another prison term - to run concurrently - after he was convicted in June of 30 specimen counts of child rape.
A report into care-home failings is out today.
The inquiry follows last month's convictions of a child sex grooming gang from Rochdale. Stockport MP Ann Coffey chaired the investigating parliamentary committee.
– Rochdale Community Forum founder Imam Irfan Chishti
"There is an urgent need for all the communities in Rochdale to work together, to tackle this heinous crime."
"Our young children from our borough were abused - and we all have a collective responsibility to ensure we do the best to safeguard our children."