Spot the difference!

Meg Munn MP is not one to stand back  on the issue of child exploitation as demonstrated by a visit  to support the work of agencies protecting vulnerable children, where is Cllr  Roger Stone, Martin Kimber,  the three local MPs and  the  local Councillors?

I suppose they have been told by Cllr  Emma Hoddinott not to attend.

I could find only one RMBC Councillor with the visit on his Twitter account, a damming indictment of the lack of concern or interest  from RMBC Councillors.






From Meg Munn’s Web Site:

Working to protect children

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meg Munn MP recently met police and social workers in South Yorkshire to find out about how a new Child Protection Unit is operating. Having worked for over twenty years in child protection before becoming an MP, and currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Protection, she was naturally interested to explore how they work on this serious issue.

The unit is based at Maltby Police station in Rotherham and has both police officers and social workers based together. They have a specific focus on working with children who are either being sexually exploited or are at risk of exploitation.

Meg said:

“Police and social workers have worked together for many years but developing an integrated service should bring new benefits. I wanted to learn the team’s views on how parliament and government can make a difference to their work. The preventative work being done by the unit is to be welcomed, as is their work to train and support local health and social care professionals.”

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Protection recently launched a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s family justice reforms proposed in the Children and Families Bill. To find out more visit:

Only adequate!

Four years on from a damming report into Children Services and months on from attempts to block the publication of a serious case review RMBC are judged in a recent inspection to be providing Children Services that just meets the minimum of requirements.

An unannounced inspection conducted in July 2012 by Ofsted found areas still requiring action.

Two of the many issues in the July report stand out, this one is in relation to the serious case review into the tragic death of Laura Wilson, the very same report RMBC tried to hide on the grounds of maintaining community cohesion.

“The findings from the very recently published serious case review have been effectively shared with team managers but not across the partnership or with social workers, although there are plans to do so. As a result, most practitioners are not yet fully aware of the learning from the review and so have not been able to use it to influence their practice.”

What is concerning about this point is that for whatever reason, incompetence, do not care, not my kids, not a priority for Cllr Stone, Martin Kimber, Cllr Wright and Cllr Lakin, frontline staff, Social Workers and NHS staff the very ones interacting with vulnerable children and families have not been made aware of the report’s findings so are unable to translate the recommendations into practice.

Or could this be a result of the involvement of Cllr Hoddinott putting a gag on anything to do with child exploitation, grooming and the report?

The second significant finding relates to the case load of Social Workers.

“However, case loads in some teams and for some workers are too high and this impacts on their ability to progress lower priority work (which includes children with significant needs and vulnerabilities), work reflectively and attend to their own professional development”

In each and every case involving the abuse and death of a child, e.g.  Baby P case there is always a direct link to the unmanageable caseload of Social Workers, Cllr Stone, Martin Kimber, Cllr Wright and Cllr Lakin know this and have failed to address the matter, compounding the gravity of this situation is that the rest of the Labour Group know that there is a direct correlation between a high caseload and the abuse and death of a child.

The inspection in 2009 found the children’s department then headed by Cllr Shaun Wright to have serious problems; the problems and mess left by Cllr Shaun Wright were so deep rooted that four years on the service has not moved beyond adequate, it seems that there is a long way to go if Children Services now headed by Cllr Paul Lakin are to improve.

Who is responsible and accountable for failing to provide Rotherham with outstanding children services and who is responsible and accountable for failing to inform the public on how to protect their children from individuals and gangs intent on grooming vulnerable children?

The list includes.

Leader of the Council Cllr Roger Stone, Cllr Stone has the authority to make changes, focus on the issues and make a real difference, instead what we get is serial junketing, a couldn’t care less attitude and a block on anyone trying to discuss the issue of grooming with the public.

Chief Executive Martin Kimber, fully supportive of Cllr Stone and his stance, Mr Kimber sits back while under pressure Social Workers struggle to manage their caseloads, what can we expect from someone who is only marking time until his golden goodbye.

Cllr Shaun Wright, the previous portfolio lead for Children Services who allowed children to be put at serious risk of harm and neglect, he now has the audacity to stand for PCC. His public silence on the issue of grooming is deafening, I can`t wait to see how he defends his position with the media when the time comes, it will be a big vote loser.

Cllr Paul Lakin, current cabinet lead for Children Services is already starting to raise concerns, he does not seem to be on top of his brief, lacks gravitas and is prepared to allow parents to be kept in the dark on the signs of grooming and what they can do to prevent it.

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, this is possibly the most unpleasant aspect. Cllr Hoddinott ran straight to Cllr Stone to tell tales  about her colleagues speaking out about grooming, she has now gagged any public debate on the issue. There will be another serious grooming incident involving a child in Rotherham and Cllr Hoddiniott will have some explaining to do on why she stopped the public being briefed.

The gang of four are not alone; we still have the silence of the lambs:

Astbury, Dalton, Andrews, Donaldson, Ellis, Beaumont, Clark, Burton, Godfrey, Falvey, Hamilton, Johnston, Lelliott, Pitchley, Russell(x2), McNeeley, Whysall, Havenhand, Sims and Rushforth.

Just what will it take for these individuals to speak up for children in Rotherham?


From the BBC: Barnsley and Rotherham child services told to improve.

From Ofsted: Rotherham Inspection Reports

Rotherham’s Disgrace – The questions begin? FOI 166 – An answer of sorts is received!

Don got his answer:

On Wed, 27/6/12, Corbett, Sarah <> wrote:

From: Corbett, Sarah <>
Subject: FOI Request 166
Date: Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 10:33

Dear Mr Buxton,

I refer to your recent request for information regarding the article in the Star newspaper.  Please note that some of this information is not held by Rotherham MBC.  The information is held by Rotherham Local Childrens Safeguarding Board (LCSB) who operate as a separate legal entity from the Council.  However, the Council will respond on their behalf and I can therefore provide the following information:

1. The total cost of the High Court injunction and any and all of the cost of legal advice and/or opinion given to RMBC from either within or without the organisation, in relation to the Serious Case Review mentioned in the article.

A high court injunction was not obtained.  The cost of the legal advice has not yet been calculated, therefore this information is not held by either the Council or the LSCB.

2. Please provide a specific itemised cost and date breakdown in relation to the legal costs requested in (1) above.

Please see response to (1) above.

In accordance with the procedures of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), I am advising you that the cost to the authority in responding to this request has been £30.09 which reflects the staff time and administration costs involved. RMBC however does not currently make any charge to customers for processing Freedom of Information Act requests.

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an internal review by the Council.  Please contact us via the above email address or by post to Sarah Corbett, Information Governance Manager, Legal Services, Riverside House, Main Street , Rotherham , S60 1AE .

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner.  Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane , Wilmslow, Cheshire . SK9 5AF. Telephone 01625 545700. Alternatively go to

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Corbett

Information Governance Manager
Information Governance Unit
Legal Services
Resources Directorate

Don Buxton replied thus:

Dear “Corbett, Sarah” <>

Thank you for your half-hearted attempt at answering my FOI

1. I will continue to press RMBC on this specific matter until I have been informed what specific legal costs RMBC has incurred as indicated in my original question

2. I also dispute your ridiculous spurious notional cost you attribute to my FOI enquiry and I require you to provide me with an itemised breakdown as to how your organisation has reached this fanciful notion

3. Surely someone at RMBC is “having a larf” when they can’t measure the legal costs that I enquired about, but some civic beancounter can assess my FOI at £30.09

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

Previously: Rotherham’s Disgrace – The questions begin?

Rotherham’s Disgrace – the deafening silence continues

Dear Rotherham Politics Readers,

While the deafening silence continues from Da Leedah and Town Clerk on the continuing problem of child sexual exploitation in our Borough, along comes Ann Coffey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, who has authored a wide-ranging and damning report which highlights the present dangers so well –…pdf

Family Law Week have produced a worrying, but informative article which explains the background to the report and its recommendations –

And so back to Rovrum and what do we as parents, voters, citizens and taxpayers, get from our well-paid junketing political and civic leedahz, Da Dodger and Rimtan Rembik the Town Clerk?

Zilch, nichts, nien, nyet, non, nahin – nothing at all but – CONTINUED SILENCE.

Wake up, wake up, wake up, you lazy corpulent idling good-for-nothing apologies of highly-paid Elected Members and Officers at Town Hall Towers, the agony of our town’s children continues while you draw your toxic salaries and say and do nothing.

Yours Sincerely,


Rotherham’s Disgrace – Free Advice For The Leader Roger Stone

While contemplating the continuing deafening wall of silence coming from Town Hall Towers on the appalling sexual exploitation and grooming of young women and children which is still manifest among our midst, and the huge vacuum caused by an absent, literally and metaphorically, Leedah, I came across this most relevant and apt piece of advice from the world-renowned business guru, the great Tom Peters.

When I watched it I could not help but reflect on the difference of approaches which Tom advises people to follow when dealing with a problem, which is at total variance to Da Dodger’s “tell em nowt rayt, dunt say owt reight, unless it’s abart Dolly Twin Peaks, right”.

Anyway let Rotherham Politics readers work out for themselves whether Tom’s wise words would prove helpful for the secretive, junketing, highly-paid and ineffective Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns at Town Hall Towers.

I offer this link as an active and empowered citizen at no cost to the civic purse and as part of my civic duty as a “highly critical friend” of RMBC Elected Members and Officers.

Yours Sincerely,


Rotherham’s Disgrace – Fresh woe in tomorrows Times

For readers that can get behind the paywall, the rest of us will have to buy the print edition in the morning.

Inquiry launched into sexual abuse of children

Andrew Norfolk and Ruth Maclean

Published 1 minute ago

A parliamentary inquiry into the sexual exploitation of children was announced yesterday after MPs were told that thousands of victims have been identified across the country. The scale of the abuse was revealed as a Commons committee listened to evidence of failings by the police, prosecutors and care professionals that allowed a grooming ring to sexually abuse dozens of girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Nine men, eight of Pakistani heritage and an illegal asylum seeker from Afghanistan, were jailed last month for numerous child-sex offences in the town and surrounding areas. Their trial came after an investigation by The Times into a hidden pattern of group offending against vulnerable girls, usually white and aged from 12 to 16, across northern England and the Midlands. Most of the…

Well spotted by a contributor, Thanks.

Rotherham’s Disgrace – Problem does exist – Official!

Here’s a brave WOMAN who’s prepared to stand-up and make the country and MPs publicly aware that young women are indeed being systematically sexually abused, and by whom.

Note how she clearly refers to the perpetrators, she doesn’t shy away “in the interests of community cohesion”, unlike Rotherham’s “Nelson’s Eye” Elected Members and Officers.

And what do we have here in Rotherham? Deafening silence from the civic political leadership and civic professionals paid toxic salaries to ensure the welfare of the town’s women and children – with the exception of Cllr Jahangir Akhtar, who’s been left to stand in the mire while his Corpulent Clown of a Leedah jollies off out of town – AGAIN!!

And still deafening silence from the town’s female Labour Councillors who haven’t yet issued a statement or a promise to take a stand and protect their sisters in the town.

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