Survivors of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal say they fear they may never get the answers they want about what happened in the town after a new series of reports concluded no individual council staff can be brought to account.
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said the publication of the six reports on Wednesday was a “completely wasted opportunity” after the reviews commissioned by Rotherham Council at a cost of £440,000 said neither senior managers nor individual social workers could be disciplined.
The reports were ordered in the wake of the 2014 Jay Report, which laid bare how more than 1,400 children were raped, trafficked and sexually abused in the town between 1997 and 2013 by gangs of men of largely Pakistani heritage.
Overview, or the spin.
Investigation into the Performance, Practice and Conduct of Senior Employees of the Council over the period of the Jay Report (1997-2013) and further highlighted in the Corporate Governance Inspection report made by Louise Casey (February 2015) (Gowling Solicitors)
Independent Investigation – Review of Cases A to O referred to in the Jay Report (Independent Consultant)
Audit Investigation into the Alleged Removal of Files and Impairment of Computer Records – April 2002
Audit Investigation into Missing Minutes from Meetings of the Key Players’ Group – Late 1990s to 2003/04
Audit Investigation – Theft of 21 Laptops from Norfolk House, Rotherham: 26th October 2011 – Review of the Council’s Response
Report into Rotherham Taxi Licensing and Enforcement Service – 2010 to the Present (Weightmans LLP)
Webcast of meeting: https://rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/304994
Now available to watch any time using the link above.
Readers may wish to refer to the Jay and Casey Reports, which are referred to in the above reports and much mention was made of them during the course of Wednesday’s meeting.
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