Authorities were “inexcusably slow” to realise the widespread, organised sexual abuse of children taking place on their doorstep, a damning report into grooming today lays bare.
Rotherham Council has been slammed for its “woeful lack of professional curiosity” about the problem by MPs, who also accuse it of “suppressing criticisms” of its involvement with victims.
Senior leadership failed in their duty of care towards abused youngsters, many of whom were treated in an “appalling manner”, the Home Affairs Select Committee has concluded.
Today’s report, which focuses mainly on the grooming of white girls by gangs of Asian men, follows a year-long inquiry into child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming across the country.
Chairman Keith Vaz said it had revealed “catastrophic failures” by agencies that should have protected the vulnerable young victims, many of whom were in care. Read on….
A pattern of Pakistani-heritage men grooming young white girls for sex does exist and authorities must acknowledge it without fear of being labelled racist, a report into the organised sexual abuse of children has concluded.
The Home Affairs Select Committee’s findings support concerns raised by former Keighley MP Ann Cryer, who faced a fierce backlash when she suggested underlying cultural attitudes might be a factor in such offending, which she was worried was happening in her constituency. Read on….