We want the Council and Police to get a grip on Child Sexual Exploitation(CSE) and care for victims.
We are all ashamed of the towns national and international reputation as CSE capital.
We want the council and police and thereby the town to “do well.”
We want our families to feel safe.
Yet still the officer and Political leadership of the town appears chaotic and inept, with many of them still in denial of their child protection failings.
The latest example can be found on a good front page in this week’s Advertiser. It reveals the scandal of the Council withdrawing support and refusing to circulate copies of a 40 pager booklet about CSE; Voices of Despair – Voices of Hope.
That having bought and paid for 1500 copies it is now not using them.
The official reason, given in response to a Freedom of Information Act request is that they, the council’s Children’s Services took advice from an unnamed expert who advised that the publication was too negative…to much despair and not enough hope.
However a bit of googling reveals that the Council did much, much more than simply offer to buy a few booklets.
If you want a hollow and somewhat sad laugh read the Advertiser front page and then listen to a feature on Asian Radio Radio Live, by Mushtaq Tufail
It reveals Cllr Emma Hoddinott extolling the virtues of this booklet, and their supporting it’s publications shows they are learning from the past and reflects a commitment to supporting CSE victims.
Her officers have made her look a fool!
The recording also shows that a party of 20 people, with the Councils blessing, went down to Parliament and presented it to politicians of the main parties. There is even photographs of some of the party in parliament and outside No10 Downing Street.
In terms of support, the Council appears to have held a leaving ceremony for the 20 at Riverside House. In other words, they were actively seeking reflected glory from the efforts of the victims and the volunteer editors of the booklet.
Now they have stabbed the editors and contributors in the back, disrespecting their contribution
…….and here is my fear…though I hope someone can prove it wrong..
That testimony by forty victims was likely to mention the ethnicity of the perpetrators, that yet again he truth may suffered in the cause of political correctness.
Despite Louise Casey recently pointing out how cover up and failure to tell the truth about the role of Kashmiri men in grooming and other crimes actually acted to increase tensions between communities.
A copy of the booklet would be appreciated
Mary B Josephs