Cllr Paul Lakin your response leaves more questions than it answers; it also leaves me even more concerned for the safety of children in the Borough.
Following Operation Central here in Rotherham
I took the time to find out about grooming and what as parents we could do to protect our family, to my horror I found that RMBC had not produced any publically available material aimed at informing parents and carers on what to look out for, there are no links from the RMBC website, there are no links from the Safeguarding website to CEOP, CROP etc
How many parents would even think to monitor the level of credit on their sons or daughters pay-as-you-go mobile to see if there was always more credit on than you pay for and what that could mean.
A search of local libraries also failed to find any information from RMBC.
A Google search to see if any one of the 58 Labour Councillors had spoken out, not a word, I drew a blank; I spoke to local and national journalists who all seemed perplexed as to why RMBC had not taken a more robust and open approach.
I looked to see if any of the local faith based community leaders had spoken out or tried to convene a multi community task group, no, not a word.
Anything from Martin Kimber?
Not a peep.
I fully understand that some of the countermeasures being deployed against perpetrators cannot be shared in public, but parents do need to know what to look out for, I like the suggestion from Dave Smith and Gillian Radcliffe, what about it Cllr Lakin?
Individuals such as Casstrickland make impassioned comments only to be undermined by commentators who as far as I can tell have not made any contribution to the fight against grooming and exploitation.
On the issue of bullying, rank hypocrisy from you Cllr Lakin and the other commentators on this blog, where were you all when RMBC Social Workers were on the knees with unsafe caseloads and incidents of serious bullying from their managers?
Take a look at the 2009 report for details or scan one of the many social worker blogs.
For those individuals who suggest that there is bullying on this site try this for being bullied, when at 13 years old you are locked in a room dreading the door to open and to see a group of men about to abuse you.
Keep it up folks I am sure the perpetrators just love it when you try to stop people being informed and you try to play down the severity of the issue,.
I really don’t know how you all sleep at night.
Cllr Lakin two of your colleagues did try to enter the debate Cllr Jahangir Akhtar and Cllr Shabana Ahmed and were stopped; I know this from three highly reliable RMBC sources so please do not even try to deny it.
Why would you want to stop the public knowing about this growing menace?
If you live in Bolton the whole community is working together to root out this problem, its being done very publically and with the local media spearheading a campaign, here in Rotherham nothing in the public domain, are our children less important?
What are you and your colleagues trying to cover up Cllr Lakin?
RMBC has form on trying to cover serious issues up, take the latest serious case review which RMBC tried to conceal using a range of excuses including community cohesion, (see the safeguarding minutes December 2011).
Get off the politically correct fence Cllr Lakin and make a stand for children.
As late as last week professionals in RMBC and other key stakeholders had still not been fully briefed on the serious case review, I know I asked them.
I do recognise that you inherited a real mess from Cllr Shaun Wright, but you have had more than ample time to move beyond adequate.
You chose to stand for public office, and you take the financial rewards, I will not stop bringing your name into the debate and those of other RMBC Councillors who are fail our children.
Rest assured Cllr Lakin I have only just started.
On a final point I have spoken with Ofsted and asked that RMBC is subject to more unannounced inspections, they have the matter in hand.