Rotherham Abuse Was ‘Dereliction Of Duty’

The Home Secretary has said Rotherham Council and the police are guilty of “appalling failures” over the child sex abuse scandal.

Theresa May has said Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police are guilty of a “complete dereliction of duty” over the town’s child sex exploitation scandal.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, the Home Secretary said the report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham made “shocking reading,” adding there was no excuse for victims’ appeals for help being ignored.

She said: “We must ensure these perpetrators are brought to justice.

“We will not delay in taking action now to protect children who are at risk of sexual exploitation.

“All local authorities working with other public bodies, like the police, health and children’s services, have a responsibility to keep our children safe.”

Ms May said she would be chairing meetings with other ministers to look at what happened in Rotherham and consider what can be done to prevent the situation happening again.

Her comments come as South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is expected to face a grilling from MPs after his refusal to resign over the Rotherham abuse scandal.

Shaun Wright was responsible for children’s services at the town council for five of the 16 years when children were reported to have been targeted by gangs of older men.

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