600 victims, 1 prosecution – ‘Dismal failure’ of Rotherham council over child grooming
Published on Wednesday 9 January 2013 06:00
THE bosses of a Yorkshire council have been forced to apologise after being savaged by MPs for their “dismal failure” dealing with the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young girls over the past decade.
Members of Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee yesterday launched a series of attacks on senior executives at Rotherham Council for the authority’s failure to better protect children across the borough from grooming gangs, and for the lack of prosecutions of the “horrifying characters” responsible.
A series of reports over recent years have revealed Rotherham to have deep problems of child exploitation – but only a single successful prosecution has been achieved during the past 10 years.
Speaking before the committee met yesterday, Rotherham Council chief executive Martin Kimber apologised for the “systemic failures” that have let down vulnerable children over the past decade. Read on…..