Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, responding to todayâ€™s report on protecting children from Ann Coffey MP said:
â€œThe abuse or exploitation of any child is appalling and our hard working members do everything within their powers to stop this happening.
â€œHowever I think there has to be a degree of realism injected into the current debate on child protection as to exactly the difficulties police officers have to overcome when trying to bring matters before the courts.
â€œIt is grossly unfair that both the organisation and our police officer members collectively are singled out and blamed by some for what is a failure of the whole system.
â€œWe expect officers to build relationships with victims in the most difficult circumstances imaginable in a fraction of the time where often the education and social care system has failed to do so.
â€œGiven we work in law enforcement, we then catapult these young, vulnerable people into the criminal justice system.
â€œRather than some people apportioning blame to one group of professionals doing their best with the odds stacked against them and balancing increased demand against diminishing resources, we as a society now must take a step back and look at the whole process from beginning to end.
â€œOnly when we understand the whole problem and the challenges involved will society start to deal with those issues.â€