Rotherham’s head of children’s services said he knew major progress had been made following the child exploitation scandal when a victim declared she was “finally proud” to come from the South Yorkshire town.
Ian Thomas, who stepped in to deal with the “toxic” mess in the wake of the scandal in 2014, described how he wiped away tears when Emma Jackson, who who was abused by a sex ring in Rotherham in the early 2000s, spoke of her regained confidence in the local authorities.
Wounds of scandal-hit Rotherham finally healing, says council leader
Rotherham is starting to heal in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal despite far-right extremists’ continuing attempts to stir up racial divisions, according to the South Yorkshire town’s council leader.
Councillor Chris Read spoke days after six members of the latest grooming ring to operate in Rotherham were jailed for a total of more than 80 years for sexually abusing two young girls between 1999 and 2001.