Alexis Jay Report

The political fallout begins – Roger Resigns!

“Of course there is Akhtar and his infamously propounding the ‘myths’ surrounding grooming and child sex abuse. His unconvincing repetitions of what the Council has done right since, denials that it could happen again and slandering those who question him as Islamaphobic.” Wil

THE_FINAL_REPORT_OF_THE_INDEPENDENT_INQUIRY_INTO_CSE_IN_ROTHERHAM_-_A_JAY_OBE,_21_AUGUST_2014

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

That would blow Akhtar’s ‘Myth’ claims out of the water, then?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089

Then there’s this from Guido:

Rotherham Council’s £125,000 Officers

94 thoughts on “Alexis Jay Report

  1. No one is to resign! Kimber is a disgrace….still got their heads in the sand. Let us start with the members of the scrutiny panel at that time! Some are still serving councillors, they must go today!

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  2. Stone resigns. Big deal, why is Kimber still here and why has’nt Collins resigned? Stone will get a fat pay off and spend more time with his bank account.
    1400 children suffered ‘appalling’ abuse over 16 years and yet Burton still stands by her story she ‘had no idea’ what was going on when she was Vice Chair of the The Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Panel 2007-2008. In 2009 she was an ordinary member.”Not me Guv, I know nothin’ ”
    Expect a dirty fight as the rest of the dishonourable members jockey for position to take over the number two slot in this disgraced council.
    I’ll wager Beck ‘forgot’ to mention the CSE inquiry while he travelled far and wide-at our expense- promoting Rotherham.
    What a shambles and what a reputation for Rotherham.

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  3. Will Akhtar remain as Ms Champion`s agent after this report?

    Will community cohesion Hussain stand down?

    Can any readers help put names to the positions mentioned in the report?

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  4. Stone has resigned in order that others can go undetected. What needs to be done now is to investigate who was on the Committees in 2002, when the report was “suppressed”. If they are still serving as Cllrs, then they should be going as well. If I remember rightly, was not the PCC Ex Cllr Wright in charge around this time?. His position has constantly been questioned, his involvement should now be shown (either way).
    All the rats will be running around the bottom of the barrel now, fighting and biting as to who is next on Rodgers gravy train.
    More heads need to go.

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  5. If it was true that Jo Burton was vice chair of Rotherham children’s services 2007 and 2008 and a committee member 2009. I find it quite appalling that the people of Anston voted her back in, they should be ashamed.

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    • Jahnghir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain were and are part of the committee.
      These are the ones who were using race card.
      Get rid of them.
      Lock them up and throw the key away.

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    • Most people were surprised Burton was re-elected but her majority was slashed from 233 to 31. There is every chance to get rid of her in 2015.
      Stone is the fall guy for Kimber and several other people who have all failed on an epic scale to get to grips with this vile crime, more importantly how many people will go unpunished? Stone falls on his sword and suddenly there is a deafening silence from Town Hall Towers.
      Where is The Phantom of The Town Hall when he’s needed?

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      • Burton now has another three years, it is Judy Dalton who comes up for re election next year. But Jo should now stand down.

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  6. The next person who MUST resign because these failures is the PCC who, without doubt was fully aware of the cover-up of these child rapes. If Shaun Wright does not resign within the next 24 hours, he should be sacked by the Prime Minister. Preferably the latter just to prove what a useless, incompetent, self-serving piece of politically correct scum he is!!

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  7. UKIP failed to bring this very serious point to the attention of the Anston electorate, I do hope UKIP will get their act together, hold those still in post to account and ensure measures are in place to mitigate the risk to other vulnerable children.

    Who are these members who conducted themselves in such an appalling manner?

    They must be named and shamed, resign or be voted out of office!

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  8. Rothpol had a full list of the children’s services scrutiny panel from this time on this site a while ago. I am sure some or most are still cllrs.

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  9. Given UKIP’s their Thatcherite nature, with the revelations about Elm Tree and Saville with Elm Tree etc, it might be a tad hypocritical.
    Every sympathy for the victims in this, and they have been very badly let down in all of this.
    I fear cut backs then and now, were/ are a factor in this.in the failure to detect and support.
    I hope everyone will unite and condemn all sexual abuse, but also attempts to try and divide Rotherham on racial and religious lines, by people who don’t really give a damn about the victims of sexual abuse.

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    • @ Brian Todd. This is zero to do with cuts in Rotherham. This has been going on between 97- 2013, no cuts for the majority of those years. What it has to do with is cover ups and incompetence !!

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    • Most of the damage was done while Labour were in power and there was an abundance of money in Rotherham. Britain has to control the quality and quantity of new people into the country and if people coming here aren’t happy with British values, they shouldn’t be coming here in the first place. France is 2.7 times our size, with the same number of people, as a country we are full and should be looking after the 4/5 million British people without work or in part time employment. Doors to the country need to be closed to resolve the mess caused by the last 15 years. The racist card is getting boring.

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    • Brian Todd
      Work in Local Government much?

      Sounds like Standard Labour BS
      Harriet HarmanVerified account 12:46 am – 27 Aug 2014
      ‏@HarrietHarman Rotherham: support victims, prosecute criminals, hold to account those in authority who failed, learn lessons.

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  10. Chief Exec says not possible to take disciplinary action against anyone involved!! Why not?? How can any official be allowed to get away with such despicable dereliction of duty and responsibility?

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    • Because whilst Councillors and Officers have “Demanding and Responsible” jobs when it comes to remuneration, they TAKE no responsibility. Common Purpose training 101

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    • Does this mean the taxi drivers who were driving these Victims around The North will they be investigated.
      People with criminal record such Sajid Bostan and Majid Bostan be investigated as these crimnals were given taxi licences by Jahnghir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain.
      A public enquiry needs to be held and anyone who has criminal record there licence should be revoked with imediate effect that includes out current taxi driver and ex deputy leader Jahngir Akhtar.

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  11. well well well , all those years back when the pakistani taxi driver’s where down on the local field at night , its a shocking report which does not shock the people which have seen it at first hand ….and reported it …years back .

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    • When Sajid Bostan said we have fixed The Council, Licensing Department, Social Services, The Police, The Advertiser, BBC News.
      Is this what the taxi driver Sajid Bostan meant?

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  12. Who are the ‘large Pakistani family with links to local taxi firms, businesses and local politics’ mentioned in the report? We should be told.

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  13. Please don’t let’s hear any more crap about how the Pakistani people are “family loving” and “devout” in their beliefs. And the sound of apology from their leaders…..Lord Ahmrd included, is defending!

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    • The main taxi firms such as Goldstar and Metro, local councillors such as Mahroof Hussain, Showkat Ali, Jahnghir Akhtar, Sajid Bostan, Palak driving school are all from Palak in Pakistan.
      Boycott these firms.

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    • Agreed ! It is all over Sky News and Media and Daily Newspapers . Even the Government won’t comment at this stage, they are saying it is for Rotherham Council. That speaks volumes for me.
      So how can Rotherham be so Wonderfull , is it this Morning. ?

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  14. This is shocking and unbelievable.
    First, lets think of how to help the ongoing recovery of victims, if at all possible.
    Second let us congratulate and thank Prof Jay on not pulling any punches with mealie mouthed rhetoric to whitewash the issue. She tells it how it is.
    Thirdly, let’s think of the scale of this abuse and the timescale of this abuse. Even one child abused and unprotected in such a manner on one occasion would have been bad enough and warranted not just one resignation, but surely resignations from all involved? What we actually have is the equivalent of more than the female complement of two large comprehensive schools being abused over twice the length of a pupil’s career in that school.

    Yet only 5 men have been brought to justice. Prosecutions still need to happen. On top of that are the failures to stem the issue: all the warnings, reports, attempts to highlight the problem that were ignored and the shameful, gutless and morally bankrupt attempt to hide behind the race issue. This, in itself, is totally misguided as it is contrary to the long term interests of minority communities in Rotherham. If Labour dare, ever again, to bleat about the EDL marching in Rotherham they must ask themselves: “who failed to put out that particular fire?” Dennis Mc Shane should be retried, not just for expense fiddling but because he fiddled while Rotherham burned. Every councillor, senior police officer and senior council officer connected to child protection (or who held a cabinet position) in Rotherham over this period should resign with immediate effect, pending a full public enquiry, conducted externally. Rotherham, as a civic entity, is sick. Rotherham is palpably unable to protect children. Rotherham is totally unable to learn lessons for itself. We need help from outside and we need those responsible to have the guts to fall on their swords now.

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    • Your words are spot on, and yet our well paid top of the tree council leaders/police/social services leaders/mps have encourage all the scum of the world to come and live in rotherham, they all know whats really going on but because they are all in it for the money,and if anyone dare say anything you are classed as a RACIST.This must not be another LESSONS HAVE BEEN LEARNT a lot more heads need to roll, if Rotherham folk now stick together and keep the pressure up to have a public enquiry , lets get rid of this corrupt dictatorship we have in rotherham.Its easy to resign and say you are sorry but end up with a nice pay off and a good pension,this must not be allowed for what they have covered up for years.

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  15. Rotherham council believed that they could do and say what they wanted convinced that the majority of the voters could be treated with contempt and they would vote for anybody put foreward under the labour banner,ie mrs wright,but the Asian residents where a bit of uknown quantity so draw your own conclusions

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  16. After the Mayor Making Ceremony I keyholed Joyce Thacker and asked her why she was still in post. After the grilling I gave her she said “We will have to wait for the report” Well Joyce it is out now, so what are you waiting for? GO, GO NOW.

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  17. It gets worse. 1400 is just a conservative estimate! Roger Stone has resigned as leader only, still hanging on to his Council seat and the allowances attached. When actually he is not fit to run a mile. If he wont resign from the council, I call on him to donate these allowances ( in fact all allowances earned during the period in question) to victim support charities.

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    • revsimcop: The figure of 1400 childrem being sexually abused is not the true figure of abuse, for many of these children were abused and gang raped over and over for a considerable period of time. the true figure will never be known but it is considerably more than 1400! Akhtar’s relation – another vilolent criminal – made a 14 year old girl pregnant twice and when she was taken to the seaside for an holiday by social workers had the audacity to follow her there to have sex with her under their noses and that he has not, so far, faced any charges is truly scandalous!

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  18. Jo Burton should resign as a Borough Councillor with immediate effect, As Vice Chair of the Panel to safeguard children her denial of what was happening to the poor children does not hold water. I do not believe this for one minute. How can you work closely within an organistion for protecting children and not know what was going off. She has let her constituents down, her parishioners at Anston down and most of all she has let the children down – She is a disgrace. She should be investigated.

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  19. Simon, Completely agree and I would suggest, Shaun Wright, Jo Burton and the rest of the ineffectuals who were on the safeguarding panel should also donate all allowances taken during the period in question.

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  20. While I do appreciate how shocking this report is , can we just stop for a moment and consider what is a constructive way forward for everyone. It seems to me that there are a lot of people writing on this website who just want to see certain people resign ,and then , and then….Bless my soul, it will all be alright !!! Well I have news for you, it will noy be alright; not anywhere. There is an enormous culture out there regarding the sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable people, and that is not being addressed at all. Just targetting a few offenders and bringing them to justice , and treating that as a solution ,is well – laughable. Consider how many people are currently being investigated. We have Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris already locked up, We have had a high profile case of William Roache, there is now a suggestion of an investigation of Cliff Richard , and as for the infamous Jimmy Savile , say no more !! Interestingly enough , they are all white. I notice that has not been mentioned. Do you know what, sexual exploitation is not confined to race or gender ,or age for that matter. It is all races ,and it is girls and boys, make no mistake about that. There are reports available about Peterborough just as shocking as the one about Rotherham, and soon there will be reports about Rochdale, and maybe even Oxford and many more places if we choose to set up an enquiry. So then what will we do ? We need to be asking ourselves how such a widespread culture of abuse has developed, and how it can be addressed. We should not be taking the rather shortsighted view that getting rid of Shaun Wright or Roger Stone or Jo Burton will sort it out. It is much more complex than that, and I find it rather sad that no one so far has recognised this. In addition most sexual abuse takes place in the home, whatever the race of that family and wherever that family live, and it is the scourge of our so called modern civilisation. Rotherham is the tip of the iceberg.

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    • The rather long sited view Mary is that people calling for certain individuals resignation is not purely based on malice or using CSE as an excuse to get rid. It is based on years upon years of flagrant incompetence, lack of transparency and failure to be accountable to the people they represent. Whilst I appreciate that this is a national problem the protagonists in this shocking saga should be outsed asap. They are ultimately responsible for ruining 1,400 young lives ! Shame on them.

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    • Hi Mary, i agree with you that we need a positive way forward but we cant do that on the basis of complacency and that is how these leaders come over, who were in positions of ultimate responsibility for years, yet are either still arguing that they are part of the solution, or hanging on to lucrative political positions. Resignations send a message that they take the issue very seriously, and I mean resignations that take them right away from places of power. Yes, the issue must be addressed but the people of Rotherham need to have confidence that this will be addressed. That wont come if its all the usual suspects trying to clear up a mess of their own making. Incidentally, during the by election campaign i did suggest some positive ways to tackle this issue in a way that could bring all communities together and engender some grass roots responsibilty in tackling it. You can read it on my wordpress blog. In the event only 582 people agreed with me and nearly 10,000 decided to stick with the Labour regime-in-situ, which is surely discredited now? I accept that this is democracy but, by the same token, ultimately its up to the people of Rotherham to come out to protest at the next few council meetings, perition the council, stir up the local press, write to our MP and the national Labour Party demanding action – and then come out next May to make our feelings clear.

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  21. I just do not understand any of you. The sheer sub-human, cowardly, filth responsible for both the doing and the doing nothing should not be addressed in any way but with a completely crushing boot . . . England must be severely short of SOUL.

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  22. How interesting that the scab blog is silent on the crimes, are Akhtar and Hussain pulling the strings?

    Disappointing no comment from UNISON official Symonds on the crimes or if any of the staff abused by Labour Cllr`s were UNISON members, and what if any action the union intends to do about the behavior of the Cllr`s.

    Nothing on the social media pages of Healey and Barron.

    Nothing from a Pakistani/Kashmiri community leader, absolutely nothing

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  23. Mary, No-one is suggesting getting rid of Stone, Wright, Burton will solve the problem, the point is these were the people responsible for the safeguarding of these children in Rotherham, as such they failed to a monumental degree and should definitel go.

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    • Not only that Mary, they were taking tax payers money all the while…..but then that’s the hypocrisy of socialists and mentioning socialism, how typical to look for nebulous “social solutions” whilst disclaiming personal accountability.

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  24. It is just not good enough for the Council Leader to resign and then we can all just move on. Alexis Jay seems to have done a very thorough job and all aspects of her report must be studied with equal thoroughness and necessary actions taken.

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  25. What was what Jimmy Saville did to do with multi-culturalism? Cyril Smith?
    Norman Tebbit admitted Thatcher government ministers turned a blind eye to sexual abuse by other government ministers. You can’t say that there are many who identify as British, than the Orange order in Northern Ireland, but if you were to look up, what went on at the Kincorra boys home, you will find some very established British figures implicated.
    How any of the above were influenced by Islam or Asian culture.
    I understand, in the Rotherham case, some of the victims are from Roma backgrounds, and Asian victims for varying reasons were reluctant to come forward.
    Abusers and victims, overall, come from all different backgrounds.
    Never seen an EDL march over the Saville case, there is nom justification for them marching in Rotherham.
    The victims needs should be priority in all of this, but I don’t see how they will gain by greater racial and religious tensions or more cut backs to cut backs to social and other services
    Front line workers are not to blame.

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    • Brian Todd
      Work in Local Government much?

      Sounds like Standard Labour BS
      Harriet HarmanVerified account 12:46 am – 27 Aug 2014
      ‏@HarrietHarman Rotherham: support victims, prosecute criminals, hold to account those in authority who failed, learn lessons.

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  26. When the inquiry was set up, there was not one peep from any Labour Cllr (nor since). I now challenge a Labour Cllr to visit this site ( we know you all read it) and stand up and shout from the roof tops that all this is wrong and heads should roll.
    Don’t hold your breath, they will all stay silent as normal. My mantra is this, if my RMBC Cllr is up for Election next May, and wont speak out , then they don’t get the vote

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      • @Dan Weston
        I never knew Champion was such a hypocrite. She says: ” Child sexual exploitation is a deplorable crime and there is no excuse for these failures. This is a vile crime and society should not tolerate it. It was right that the Council commissioned this report and I urge that the recommendations are fully implemented, we must send a strong message that change is needed in order to stop child sexual abuse both in Rotherham and across the UK..”
        http://www.sarahchampionmp.com/sarah-champion-mp-responds-to-rotherham-child-sexual-expolitation-report/
        As she is calling for change is this her signal for Labour councillors not to contest seats next year?

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      • @Colin Tawn. One can only hope none of them stand. My personal favourite was the hypocritical over exuberant head nodding of miss champion when the other speaker was saying what a shower RMBC are.

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  27. One senior officer suggested that some influential Pakistani-heritage councillors in Rotherham had acted as barriers.

    Who on earth could that have been?

    A motley gang indeed.

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  28. The report by Professor Jay also mentions the report into CSE in 2002 was suppressed by RMBC and the council was made aware of another report in 2006.
    “Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.” There we have it; managers/heads of departments playing the racist card for fear of upsetting
    Asian councillors and voters. Complete and utter tosh of course because the law does not distinguish between ethnic groups. Akhtar was first elected in 2000, did he have any influence on suppressing the reports? Jo Burton was first elected in 2004, is she still going to claim she knew nothing about this? If she does then she is admitting she is as clueless as many of us believe she is.
    South Yorkshire Police do not escape criticism either. Was the race card a factor in their indecisions?
    A long report with so many unanswered questions.

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  29. This is such devastating news, not only because the poor 1,400 children abused and deprived of their childhood. They were let down by the very systems that should have been there to protect them.
    In May 2012, nine mostly British-Asian men based in Rochdale, were found guilty of offences relating to so-called localised grooming.
    A year after that verdict seven more men, mainly of Pakistani heritage, were convicted of offences relating to child sexual exploitation.

    When can “we” we being the public, political and legal authorities; have a civilized debate without fear of causing racism and address the cultural mindset that accepts this abhorrent behaviour. Being that children, mainly white female can be used in an exploiting sexual violent conduct.
    Shame on Rotherham Council and no doubts others will follow, Britain has gone Politically Correct mad, children need to be our first priority, Police should take action!!

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  30. The Deputy Council Leader (2011-2014) from the Pakistani-heritage community was clear that he had not understood the scale of the CSE problem in Rotherham until 2013. He then disagreed with colleague elected members on the way to approach it. He had advocated taking the issue ‘head on’ but had been overruled. He was one of the elected members who said they thought the criminal

    convictions in 2010 were ‘a one-off, isolated case’, and not an example of a more deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls. This was at best naïve, and at worst ignoring a politically inconvenient truth.

    And now the agent for the towns MP.

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  31. Twitter: Judy Dalton
    RT @itsmotherswork: When elected members interfere in operational matters…. http://t.co/ybnsZ3SZza 9 hours ago

    What does she mean by this retweet….is she saying that there was interference by elected members? If so who and how?

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  32. Heads must roll, the system must also be changed. I believe the CRB checking system is so flawed and that anybody who is a risk to children or adults, should be on a national register for all to see, this shouldn’t be a revenue generating scheme and just apply to people working with children or vulnerable adults. A neighbour, friend, work colleague, family member could be a risk to you and your children, they shouldn’t be protected by their human rights. Allowing mass uncontrolled immigration that doesn’t check the quality is unacceptable, we never had an issue with trafficking of people before the open borders. There is another unknown issue that we also seem to be sweeping under the carpet and that is abuse of boys, they say it accounts for 30% of all child abuse cases, this will be the next scandal to break the surface, I wonder why this particular area has been so well concealed, I have a good idea myself.

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  33. Why hasn’t that waste of space and money, the PCC Shaun Wright resigned. He was at the very epicentre of the cover up! Better still, why hasn’t he been sacked by the Home Secretary?

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  34. All those who are still in positions , who have failed these children and not shown duty of care towards them in the correct manner ,should resign. How devastating that these children and parents could not get the help and support from the people who were, and in some cases still are in the position,s to do just that.
    This cannot be right that they can carry on , as if nothing as happened. It’s all over the sky news and media, and as the hours go on i expect we will learn more of what as been going on.

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  35. Every councillor that was on the council during this period should resign, even those who pretend total innocence. The report states that seminars for all councillors were held on this subject during 2005 and 2006, it also states no one could say they didn’t know, at these seminars the abuse was presented in explicit terms. 2005 leader chaired a group to take forward the issues, no records or minutes exist. Safe guarding children’s board members did not check whether new policies were being implemented. The national Labour party should step in and withdraw the party whip from all Rotherham Labour councillors, and the Government should then step in to clear out this nest of vipers. If Miiliband does not intervene then all we can take form that is that Labour condone the actions and none actions of their own members. Plus the Rotherham electorate should attend their parish and town council meetings and demand that their borough councillors step down. The only way to sort this disgusting state of affairs is to clear them out and have a new beginning for Rotherham, this report proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that a one party dictatorship leads to abuses of power. Time for the Rotherham people to tell Labour to go.
    Dave Smith

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  36. What do you expect with a director of housing and social services with no experience in social work. At least Joyce Thacker had worked with young children and has a wide experience o how social services worked. With councillors who could not , would not listen, no experience of working with disadvantaged groups, only caring about their own careers says it all. Shaun to go for his part in the cover up. So much for the Leader and his syncophants!

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  37. “At least Joyce Thacker had worked with young children”
    Is that why she snatched 3 young children from their foster parents?

    Thacker and Jacqui Collins should also resign IMV, especially Collins because she is RMBC’s Legal Officer and she cannot claim none of this ever came to her attention nor that relevant paperwork ever crossed her desk. If she does insist she was kept in the dark then why is she still here? We are paying large sums of money to people who claim they are ‘professionals’.
    Severe lack of professionalism at RMBC from the top down is clearly evidenced by the Jay report.

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  38. So Wright has decided not to resign! This demonstrates perfectly why this scandal has occurred – namely, the Labour Group, in its smugness, its corruption and incompetence has always felt untouchable, even to the extent that it corrupted the town’s police force. Rotherham’s voting and non- voting public don’t deserve what has happened but let’s face it, to continually vote in a party which has done no good for the town is asking for trouble. Let’s hope voting habits change.

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  39. Healey has crawled out from under his rock and issued a statement about the Jay report, not one word on the need for a total clear out of the macho, sexist culpable Cllr`s.

    No mention of Wrights position being untenable, in fact Healey continues with the cover up.

    One simple answer, vote UKIP!

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  40. Can anyone report ANYthing good that Shaun Wright has personally done in the time of Councillor for Children’s Services or P&CC? if not why was he allowed to continue in these positions of trust. He must go.

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  41. Wright should go now. Nothing more nothing less.So too should Kimber, Thacker and her cohorts. All of them.

    Why do I say this?

    The senior management at RMBC / contracting agencies were aware.of CSE – so was Kimber – so too were HR – so was Thacker and her little bullying hens and South Yorks Police and the RMBC Legal team. Their response was to stamp down the boot and suppress and intimidate front line staff on a level most on here could not comprehend. The information on CSE (and the falsification of records) was passed up time and time again. the result was an organised campaign by Thacker and her little team (Aided by friendly managers) to strangle all dissent and drive out (or get rid off) any one that carried on complaining.; (If RIK still has my post from many months ago about how Thacker operated – he made it a lead thread – it would be worth re posting so all could see how controlling this woman was and still is)

    As most regulars on here know I put forward several complaints in regards to related issues about 5 years ago. And I saw first hand how complaints are treated by the elite. The senior managers and execs did not deal with it as a matter of deep concern, they ignored, attacked the messenger (And anyone who supported them) and then suppressed dissent in any way they could. They then set about about a campaign using the management chain of cover up, get rid and carry on. Many staff lost careers, futures and personal physical and mental health. Many will never be able to work again.

    Now I know that many politicians should pay, and they should, but if all the concentration is placed on them then what will be left place if the same old unelected hierarchy that lied and deceived (even elected officials) throughout. Yes councillors should pay, but there is a bigger threat to the future of the children in Rotherham,and that is the chief exec and Thacker and her little gang of bullies. who kept it hidden at all cost to preserve their own careers. No one can vote them out – they should all be sacked now.

    To give an insight in to what happened with concerns and complaints here is a summary:

    Front Line Worker raises serious issues and complains.
    Front Line worker is warned off.
    Front Line Worker takes it further.
    Threats begin. (Serious ones) Intimidation is passed down the management chain from the top.
    Daily work becomes impossible. Sanity and will starts to drain.
    Front line worker finds strength and takes it further – unofficially they are warned of cuts in staff, loss of career,home, future prospects etc.
    Front line worker still takes it further.
    They are forced out /moved on and all points 4 and 6 come in to place with venom.
    Front Line worker complains to Kimber. (who knows already)
    Kimber plays lip service, uses avoidance and semantics to drag out / dismiss the complaint..
    Case dismissed.
    Further complaint and appeal.
    HR come in to play to dampen the fire. However the complainee is seen as the enemy. AGain its only lip service.
    It all starts again.
    Legal restrictions are imposed re speaking out while an investigation is in place…
    Finally it is referred to an independent party (Not really it’s RMBC ) and the case takes several years.
    Even when Kimber admits some things were going on, he argues it had no affect on practice – knowing full well it did.(even his admittance is vague)
    The word is put around all agencies and departments not to employ the Front Line Worker as they are ‘trouble’..
    Front line worker is seen as unemployable.
    The whole process begins again with any one else who speaks out.

    Believe me speak out and you walk in to a nightmare. Many on here will think it’s easy.It isn’t. You have to be prepared to sacrifice everything including the rest of your life and physical and mental well being..Many say they could do it. In reality not many can.

    How do I know this? I saw many good workers loose their careers, health and reputation by following this process in the belief someone would listen. The management never do.

    Today saw Jim Gamble, the former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP),in Ulster on several news items.He perhaps .hit the nail on the head when he said, (to summaries).

    1 – If the senior management and all politicians (and he said all councillors, every single one), of ALL parties in office while this was going on in Rotherham say they didn’t know it was happening – or actually claim they did something to address CSE – they should offer written historical proof and recorded details explaining why they didn’t know, or prove what they actually did to address it if they did know. They should also prove what questions they asked and what they did in response to any answers. (Innocent until guilty but prove it)
    2 – Kimber / Wright/ Thacker and their senior management teams should prove they didn’t know or take full responsibility and go. They should be bound by the same guidelines he outlined in point 1.
    3 – A 3rd party should look at the intimidation of front line staff and bring into line the bullies .
    4 – Children throughout the kingdom are being abused at present on vast scales. (1 in 4 at top estimates) 5- A Royal commission is needed that not only investigates and reports but acts on all recommendations immediately..
    6 – The cuts in services should stop now. Nationally and locally. (By the way some on here think they didn’t exist pre 21010 – they did – and major front line ones too)
    7 – A national response is needed Good practice should be spread. Bad practice punished.
    8 – The citizens of the land will have to look to addressing this issue themselves and take their heads out of the sand.
    9 – A minister overseeing the whole issue of CSE should be appointed at cabinet level.

    Now finally.some of my complaints with RMBC and agencies are still in process. The Union are supporting me,as they have throughout.(even though I am now unemployed after all this) Sarah Champion has also helped too and one case in near end. So far it has taken me nearly five years but it’s getting there. At present the ‘legalities’.prevent me (and others) from commenting or giving details (as does the confidentiality of the families) but the finish line is appearing and I will give general details when I can, if the families wish it to be. One thing is certain however ; I won’t give up.

    Sorry if its a bit disjointed I am so upset and angry even though the revelations were not a shock.

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    • I would march with you any day Sally….Truth tellers eventually receive respect from their labours even if it takes years. I honour you… Linda wheeler NZ

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  42. The list of shame goes on and on: Deputy Council Leader sent to prison for stealing, as also does the town’s MP. The previous Deputy Leader and Vice-chairman of SY Police and Crime panel had criminal convictions for violence and selling cigarettes to children, the recently elected Mayor resigns from office after three weeks and also resigns from the Labour party and is under police investigation for an alleged indecent asault on a child, the leader of the Council resigns after it’s revealed that 1400 children in the borough have been sexually abuse victims by mainly Pakistani men over a sixteen year period and the Council knew about what was happening and totally failed to protect these children! Dodson is still a Councillor and Chair of the Rotherham South Area Assembly and Stone still remains a Councillor. It appears that both of them think they can still hang on in there drawing a councillor’s expenses at least until next May.
    The town is deservedly described as a prime example of a rotten borough!

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  43. All of this what as come out over the last few days would not have been know because it was suppresed by kimber,stone,wright and many other top police staff,top rmbc social staff and many more WHO did not want to upset the PAKIstani scum who did this this,many things will come out over the next few weeks to see how the rotherham LIEBOUR council are so disgracefull in their cover up of the matter.My heart goe’s out to MARLENE GUEST,she as worked so hard at her expense to bring this matter to the attention of the media,the was classed as a RACIST by the police/council for fetching the matter up.For all her hard work and commitement its as left her in poor health,unlike the highly paid leaders of the council/police who turned a blind eye to this ,how can you KIMBER,STONE,WRIGHT sleep at night for all your lies

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  44. From one of the national papers:

    A group of ‘influential’ Pakistani councillors were accused in the report by a council officer of blocking attempts to tackle the abuse and also meddling in domestic abuse cases involving Asian women in the town.

    So who from these four Pakistani councillors were involved in these allegations?

    Jahangir Akhtar (now thanks to UKIP, a former Cllr)
    Mahroof Hussain
    Shaukat Ali
    Shabana Ahmed

    The report suggests that one Rotherham Pakistani councillor attempted to find out the location of women who had been subjected to domestic abuse, what would have that individual have done with the information?

    They should all be investigated.

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  45. A misconduct in public office investigation for these four Akhtar, Hussain, Ali and Ahmed along with others involved in this massive cover up.

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  46. Rotherham = THE Town for Nonces.

    When Stephen Lawrence, a black man, was murdered by white thugs and the Metropolitan police messed up the investigation, the subsequent report put their neglect down to amongst other reasons ” Institutional Racism”.
    A group of men of Pakistani origin rape and abuse predominantly white vulnerable girls and those who had the responsibility to protect these girls failed because of amongst other reasons a fear of inter ethnic effects. Was this not just another form institutional racism this time in a case not of white on black, but black on white aided and abetted by white on white racism from RMBC employees, Directors, Councillors and SY Police.
    Pardon me, but the difference escapes me at the moment except for the name of the offence – murder in one case and rape in the other.

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