Expert parachuted in oversee children’s services in Rotherham after sex abuse scandal

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The Department of Education has appointed an expert to oversee children’s services in Rotherham following the child sexual exploitation scandal.

Malcolm Newsam, a Government appointed Children’s Social Care Commissioner, will be in the post for three months initially.

He was parachuted in after it emerged that Rotherham Council failed to protect children from sex abuse for 16 years because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the largely Pakistani perpetrators.

Councillor Emma Hoddinott, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council, said: “This has clearly been a difficult time for Children’s Services in Rotherham. However, we are determined to take all the necessary action to ensure the standard of services that Rotherham’s children deserve.”

Council Chief Executive Martin Kimber said: “The council welcomes the additional expertise and external guidance which the Commissioner will bring.

“We are already taking steps to appoint a new Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services.”