“More cock up than conspiracy.” Rotherham and issues of professional negligence and misconduct

This week saw the publication of six reports into varying aspects of historical issues in Rotherham associated with the child sexual exploitation scandal uncovered by Professor Alexis Jay three years ago.

The reports were originally commissioned in 2014 and 2015 following the Jay report and subsequent Casey report. What is not widely known is that several of the reports were ready for publication in early 2016 and that despite a number of requests for information, no-one in the council has been able or willing to explain the delay of over 18 months. All six reports; by different authors, and covering different issues – from complaints of stolen data, to an investigation into the performance, practice and conduct of senior employers of Rotherham MBC; were published on Wednesday 6 September 2017. The sheer amount of information in them is overwhelming and unlikely to be read by many who will instead rely on the summary of each report. While the intention may have been to release reports dealing with (sometimes) related issues, the result is that key points of each report have been engulfed in a tidal wave of information. To the cynical, this may well feel like a burying of any information that may prove controversial to the Council and an attempt to avoid intensive scrutiny of its past conduct.

Read on… http://www.adelegladman.co.uk/more-cock-up-than-conspiracy-rotherham-and-issues-of-professional-negligence-and-misconduct/

Whistleblower: Rotherham scandal ‘was no cock-up’

More than 15 years ago, former solicitor Adele Gladman detailed with “breathtaking clarity” how young girls in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham were being targeted outside schools, the bus station, children’s homes and homeless projects by predatory abusers who would … Continue reading

 

The Reports:

The Reports – more spin than substance

The Reports: Overview, or the spin. Read it here: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3515/summary_report.pdf 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 … Continue reading

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5 Responses to “More cock up than conspiracy.” Rotherham and issues of professional negligence and misconduct

  1. Paul Wilson says:

    I quote this paragraph from Adele Gladman’s website page, because it so very important and to the point , for those who don’t want to read her full page ~:
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    “This so called ‘cock up’ involved highly skilled and well paid individuals looking the other way while receiving clear information about the grooming, rape and torture of a significant number of children. It is true that at that time knowledge of CSE was in its infancy, but what the report fails to acknowledge is the number of reports, presentations, and training sessions that myself and others delivered to raise awareness of the issue locally with these same individuals and their counterparts. And even if the complexities and nuances of the abuse were not recognised – we were sharing information on a daily, weekly and monthly basis about the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of vulnerable children, many of them in the care of the local authority. There was medical evidence of sexual activity with underage children, with adult men often being the father of teenage pregnancies. Physical injuries that in some cases required hospital treatment. Children being found and sometimes arrested in the homes of adult men where clearly those children were at serious risk of harm. Children being encouraged to take Class A drugs so that they developed addictions. Trauma upon trauma upon trauma; horror after horror after horror; and most of it beyond the imagination of ordinary citizens. But it didn’t have to be beyond the imagination of professionals in Rotherham because I and others were constantly providing details and evidence of it. And yet no action was taken to protect those children and those future victims that were identified as being at risk. If that does not meet the test of malpractice, gross misconduct and ‘culpable behaviour’, it should be asked what would? ”
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    I couldn’t have put it better myself.

    • Hotspot says:

      Paul you probably could have said it better.

      “This so called ‘cock up’ involved highly skilled and well paid individuals”

      It probably explains Adele Wier/Gladman too.

      “but what the report fails to acknowledge is the number of reports, presentations, and training sessions that myself and others delivered to raise awareness of the issue locally with these same individuals and their counterparts”

      The latest reports do acknowledge, they were nothing but ‘talking shops’

      “and most of it beyond the imagination of ordinary citizens”

      I don’t think so, I think Jay left an impression on all our minds, and subsequent traumatic court reports.

      ‘culpable behaviour’

      Let me get this right, Paul you really think Adele has done a fantastic job in Rotherham, especially in her 10+ years absence.

      For people like Adele, it is an opportunity to make even more money, by talking about her own failures.

      I suppose you didn’t read the part why whistleblowers, blow, in the Casey report, I always thought that it was a bit odd to include explanations for whistleblowers, with such contempt.

  2. Dave Smith says:

    One of the reports done by the social worker was completed and available by the 5th May 2015, it would appear that this was sat on till the election was over. Open and transparent? I don’t think so
    Dave Smith

  3. S Thornton says:

    Dave,
    You used the words “open” and “transparent” in the same sentence, whilst talking about RMBC, I have just split my sides laughing.
    “Sat on ( the report) till the election was over”, what else, still the same people in charge, same leader saying nowt, same Commissioners saying nowt, same “choocy teapot” deafening in his silence.
    Nothing is going to happen until Cllr Read is forced into calling in the Police for a criminal investigation .

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