Sarah Champion MP, Member of Parliament for Rotherham, has welcomed the announcement that full authority is planned to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has issued new directions to RMBC. The directions will, following consultation, lead to the withdrawal of the team of commissioners who have over seen the Council since 2015 and follows a recent recommendation from the commissioners themselves that they be withdrawn. The government intervention in Rotherham began in 2015, following severe criticism of the Council in the Jay and Casey reports.
I really welcome the Government’s draft guidelines for relationship and sex education. From my research with teachers, children’s charities, academics, parents and survivors of childhood abuse, relationship education at primary school is the one thing everyone agreed would make the biggest difference to prevent child abuse.
I welcome this internal review into the Home Office into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
It is clear that the Home Office knew about child sexual exploitation in Rotherham from 2002. The report also highlights the knowledge of the Local Authority and South Yorkshire Police of the abuse. Why, when so many in authority knew the scale and severity of this crime did it take until 2014, with the publication of the Jay report, for a large scale investigation to occur? How many lives could have been protected if swift action had been taken a decade before?