Lead officer for Rotherham CSE Inquiry Announced

Lead officer for Rotherham CSE Inquiry Announced

Published Friday 1st November 13

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A former chief social work adviser to the Scottish Government has been appointed to lead the independent inquiry into historic cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham


With the support of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), Alexis Jay has been commissioned to lead the inquiry into CSE cases in Rotherham between 1997 and the present day.


Alexis spent more than 30 years working in local councils in deprived areas of Edinburgh, Glasgow and West Central Scotland. She was Director of Social Work and Housing in West Dunbartonshire from 2000 to 2005.


In 2005 she was invited by the Scottish Government to set up the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) – a government agency to inspect all aspects of local authority social services. In this role, Alexis was Chief Inspector of Social Work for Scotland. Read on…

1 thought on “Lead officer for Rotherham CSE Inquiry Announced

  1. At last. An independent person to lead the inquiry we’ve been waiting for.
    I hope her remit also gives her the powers to call for every scrap of evidence whether they be phone records, emails, letters and memos and the powers to interrogate/interview anyone who may be implicated in this scandal.
    I notice there is no recommendation as to whom her findings will be presented and/or any possible punishment or penalties nor a time frame. I would suggest that once she has completed her final report she hands it to a QC for his/her considered views on the possibility of bringing a successful
    prosecution against those involved. Only then should Kimber be given his copy.
    I have one concern; How will Alexis Jay be able to lead this inquiry while at the same time devote herself to her role as the Independent Chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) based at the University of Strathclyde, a post she was elected to on July 9th this year?
    I wish every success and maybe she will eventually find the truth about who knew what and when.


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