A Rotherham youth worker who helped lift the lid on the child exploitation scandal in the town is to receive her MBE today from the Queen.
Mrs Senior is being recognised for services to child protection in Rotherham, where she repeatedly raised concerns about girls being groomed and forced into prostitution, while she worked for the Risky Business youth service in the town.
As manager of the youth project, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she kept notes and details of the perpetrators of attacks on girls and passed information on to the authorities but claimed nothing was done.
MBE for youth worker who blew whistle on Rotherham child sex scandal
THE YOUTH worker who helped expose the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal has dedicated an MBE award for her work to the “courageous children” whose voices were ignored “but not any more”.
The actions of Jayne Senior, who repeatedly raised concerns, led eventually to a report which shocked the nation by laying bare the abuse to which 1,400 children were subjected over more than 15 years, ignored by police and social services.
Speaking after a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony, Mrs Senior said: “It’s quite a bitter-sweet award. Yes I’m proud but I should never have had to do this and be here in the first place.