Sarah Champion MP, Member of Parliament for Rotherham has welcomed the announcement that government appointed commissioners are to be withdrawn from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The withdrawal of commissioners will see full authority returned to the Council. The intervention began in 2015, following severe criticism of the Council in the Jay and Casey reports.
It is a great honour for me to be here today to share my experience of child protection in the UK.
I have been a member of the British Parliament for five years. I represent an industrial town called Rotherham which is in Yorkshire, the North East of England. It is a small town. Historically, employment was in steel production and coal mining. Both of those industries are now greatly reduced, leaving large scale unemployment and poverty.
Sarah Champion MP has welcomed the Home Secretary’s commitment to preventing and disrupting child abuse, including online. In a speech at Weston House, the base of operations for Childline, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced a number of measures, including new powers for the police to tackle online abuse and grooming and additional funding for police and the National Crime Agency. Mr Javid outlined the scale of the problem with 15% girls and 5% boys experiencing some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16. He went on to state that keeping children safe was his priority regardless of cultural or political sensitivities.