“Something Rattled RMBC’s cage in late 2011 and early 2012 an ultimatum given but by whom”!…”unlikely place”
• Jay report: 11; Issues of ethnicity.
“Both women and men from the community voiced strong concern that other than two meetings in 2011, there had been no direct engagement with them about CSE over the past 15 years, and this needed to be addressed urgently, rather than ‘tiptoeing’ around the issue”. (a bit further away than the truth)
“The issue placed on the agenda, the 5 jailed for CSE, and the murder. They questioned if both cases had been prosecuted with a successful outcome, and if never before they had been consulted on anything, they RMBC were hiding something.
And an ultimatum given, without an independent inquiry into CSE, they would not accept anything less for the sake of all communities”. (Unlikely place)
●The issue transpired to be :
•Child S SCR.
This Executive Summary was written by Professor Pat Cantrill, Independent Overview Author April 2011.
• Casey report : p134;
“The SCR was not published until late May 2012 and was so extensively redacted that The Times newspaper contacted RMBC signalling its intention to publish some of the details which had been removed. The Times’ journalist Andrew Norfolk had extensively covered CSE as a national and Rotherham specific problem from 2010 onwards. He received the un-redacted report from an anonymous source.
Casey report: p134/5
The Times contended that the redactions sought to minimise Child S’s involvement with CSE and mask associated failure on the part of professionals within RMBC. The Council justified its redactions on the basis of seeking to protect the identities of child S and her family and there is some validity in the claim, although the related murder trial had been extensively covered in the media. RMBC sought a legal injunction against The Times to prevent it from publishing. The matter attracted criticism from the then Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove. A less heavily redacted version of the SCR was finally published in 2013”.
●The something they were hiding was child S, Operation Central, and the failed Operation Czar. “unlikely place”.
In Rotherham in 2009/10 two major police investigations took place into offences of sexual exploitation. XXXXXXXXXX and Child S were mentioned in both of the investigations but neither provided any evidence as part of the enquiry. The two investigations were:
Operation Central was the code‐name given to the investigation and prosecution in Rotherham of a large number of serious sexual offences alleged to have been committed by adult males aged 20‐29 against young girls aged 13‐16. 8 men were charged with a total of 2 offences of rape and 16 of sexual activity with underage girls. Five offenders were found guilty in September 2010. The men received a total of 33 years imprisonment.
This operation took place in Rotherham in 2009. It related to sexual exploitation of children and young people in a specific area of Rotherham.
The operation did not result in any prosecutions because there was a failure to get victims to disclose offences and therefore to progress complaints.
Andrew Norfolk was originally here regarding child S, then SCR for child S and the redactions to be made public, and a big thank you to all who made their own stories public.
●Jay couldn’t find the computers!
For all those out there let me set you straight regarding the missing computers and the files, don’t worry Casey was on the case.
•Casey report: p135;
“Inspectors were told about missing files, including children’s case files belonging to Risky Business that the Council could not find. Our inspection established that these files had been in an office at Riverside House, the Council’s main building, for some considerable time. Professor Jay also comments on the fact that the minutes of ‘key players meetings’ could not be found. We are advised that the interim Chief Executive asked the Council’s internal auditors to find these and within weeks, they had been tracked down. It seems that when RMBC says things are missing and lost, that they may not have looked that hard”
●For those who need to be reassured, the lines of enquiry just didn’t turn up over night, lost computers and files ring a bell.
“It has examined more than 120,000 documents from police, council and health services”.
Over 10,000 lines of enquiry as Rotherham abuse probe expands – The Star
Robust scrutiny of all things political in and around Rotherham.