A review into how child sexual exploitation is addressed in Rotherham has found that the town’s council and partner agencies are committed to dealing with the issues.
Children’s charity Barnardo’s carried out the ‘snapshot’ of current practice as part of a report commissioned by Rotherham Council after leaked reports suggested police and council chiefs had known about gangs grooming children in the town for over a decade but had failed to act because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of alleged perpetrators.
The charity found agencies working well together to tackle the issue as a top priority but suggested developing the network of professionals able to identify and work with young people deemed to be at low and medium risk.
It also suggested involving children and young people in the development of approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation.
Rotherham’s Local Safeguarding Children Board will consider the report at a meeting on Friday.
Steve Oversby, of Barnardo’s, said: “Barnardo’s has a wealth of experience in tackling child sexual exploitation and supporting victims. “We strive to influence and change practice amongst Local Safeguarding Children Boards, local service planners and providers, the police and Crown Prosecution Service as well as raise public awareness into this heinous crime.
“It is clear to us that agencies and council members in Rotherham are absolutely committed to addressing child sexual exploitation.
“Our recommendations for future practice coupled with the positive examples we found that are already embedded in the organisation bode well for the future.”