Jane Collins MEP – “Police and all public agencies need to learn the lessons of failures to tackle grooming”
UKIP MEP speaks out after IPCC found police “need better handling” of grooming reports
Monday 23rd November 2015
Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Jane Collins has blasted the police and other public agencies for “failing to learn the lessons of previous failures to tackle child grooming”.
Ms Collins, who is currently fighting a defamation lawsuit by three Labour MP’s over the Rotherham CSE scandal, spoke out after an IPCC investigation found Essex police should have “more effectively” dealt with reports of grooming that led to the murder of a teenage boy who was befriended online by his killer.
Ms Collins said, “By now, the police and every other public agency should be well aware of what to look for in regard to CSE and grooming. Steps must be taken to take this problem seriously and to train all public service staff to spot the signs.”
“The IPCC investigation into police failures in Essex is only the latest to highlight how public services are still failing to prevent children being harmed. This is simply unacceptable!”
“IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor, was absolutely right in saying parents were increasingly aware that child abusers or extremists could use the internet to target victims online and ‘where they have concerns, parents must be able to turn to the police and expect those concerns to be taken seriously.’”
“For too long there seems to have been complacency that efforts to tackle grooming are enough and this is simply not the case. This country needs far more robust means to deal with this scourge if we are to effectively protect children moving forward.”
IPCC: Grooming reports to police ‘need better handling’