Rotherham abuse scandal: Six reports into ‘blatant’ council failures and alleged thefts to be published
Six reports exploring the “blatant” failures by senior figures at Rotherham Council over the town’s child abuse scandal – and alleged attempts to cover up what was happening – are to be published this afternoon.
Independent investigations have been conducted over the past three years into a series of issues relating to the child sexual exploitation scandal, in which an estimated 1,400 victims were abused over a 16-year period in the town – largely by men of a Pakistani-heritage background.
Six reports into Rotherham child sex abuse scandal to be published today
THE results of six separate probes into the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal will be published at a meeting today.
Independent investigations have been conducted over the past three years into a series of issues relating to the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal, in which an estimated 1,400 victims were abused over a 16-year period — predominantly by men of a Pakistani-heritage background.
Each of the reports will be discussed at a meeting at Rotherham Town Hall at 2pm and will be made public at the same time.
Report: “No grounds for disciplinary action” against former Rotherham Borough Council bosses over abuse scandal
NO former or current Rotherham Borough Council officers should face disciplinary action over the town’s child sexual exploitation cover-up, an independent investigation has ruled.
A report published by law firm Gowlings this afternoon said there was evidence that opportunities had been missed to “improve outcomes” on CSE during the period covered by the Jay Report of 2014.
But it concluded that Gowling’s year-long probe into former council officers’ conduct between 1997 to 2013 — during which time Prof Jay said 1,400 children had been abused or groomed — had not uncovered grounds to hold any individual to account.
Report: Shaun Wright and Roger Stone snubbed abuse scandal investigation
KEY former senior figures at Rotherham Borough Council refused to take part in a probe into conduct at the council during the town’s abuse scandal.
Long-serving council leader Roger Stone, who stepped down after the Jay Report was published and former children’s services chief Shaun Wright — later police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire — “declined to participate” in the investigation, law firm Gowlings said.
Paul Lakin, who succeeded Mr Wright as Cabinet member for children’s services and was council leader between the Jay Report coming out and the Casey Report declaring the council “not fit for purpose” six months later, also failed to take part.
Serious child abuse conduct failures at Rotherham Council ‘more cock up than conspiracy’ – report
A report found: “We have not found evidence to support any notion that any individual ‘turned a blind eye’ to CSE in Rotherham. But neither is there much evidence of ‘inquiring minds’ or a purposive approach when evidence of what was happening did come to their attention.