The inquiry’s key conclusion was first identified in a Rothpol article “Shaun spreads the manure!” written by myself on October 26th and published in Rothpol.
Here is the article http://goo.gl/yheSrr
In summary I forecast
1. The HMIC review of the SYP would say they remain poor at fighting Child Sex Exploitation (CSE)& that children are still at risk.
2. Shaun Wright has already started to criticize the Chief Constable (CC) to take attention away from his own shortcomings.
I don’t normally like to gloat & say I told you so, however my article received some heavy duty criticism from a contributor self-named “Sheffred” who at the time I thought to be either Shaun himself or a very close ally.
“Thanks for that Wil, just confirms you haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about” and you have a “pea size brain” .
The other reason I’m having this little gloat is to get over to some much more important points:
1. That children remain unnecessarily exposed to sex exploitation in Rotherham.
2. Rothpol is the only truly free and democratic political forum available in Rotherham. That while Rik’s editorial policy of freedom to comment may attract the odd loon, it nonetheless mainly contains decent and accurate political commentary and information given by people who really care. Do I need to remind readers that to know who is representing them in 2014 LP members had to read Rothpol. Thanks Rik, you should get freedom of the town.
3. That many of us, including this “pea brain” can see the smugness that is The Police & Councils approach to child sex grooming, while Councillors seem incapable of doing so. Are we the only ones who note that every time there has been an independent inquiry the Police & Council are found seriously wanting? Also that when Andrew Norfolks latest revelations hit the Times front page, the Council’s response was to express confidence and support for SYP. Just how wrong can a town’s leadership be?
4. That Shaun Wright should have commissioned this inquiry before increasing SYP’s budget to fight CSE. Then the money could have been focused accurately on weaknesses requiring improvement. Simply handing it over to a force that has a history of incompetence in CSE reflected a panic approach ; desperation to create a smokescreen for his own failing when Chair of the responsible Council Committee. He is truly inept.
Lastly, a word of caution to Sarah Champion, who has thrown some of her authority and credibility behind the Council and SYP on this matter; suggesting that the Council has made significant improvements in CSE handling and In appearing to support the Council view that since 2009 everything has been hunky dory.
The Council has for children in care a responsibility best summarised as in loco parentis. Meaning they should act as if they are the child’s parent. Many parents maybe don’t have the power to take on the police when they are incompetent. But a Council does, and their duty is not fulfilled just because they’ve filled the paperwork in correctly.
Wil – sorry for the gloat.