A Home Office investigation into what happened to child abuse files stolen from a researcher it was funding in Rotherham is yet to get under way, it has been revealed.
The theft of the files from a locked office in Rotherham in 2002 is due to be the subject of an internal Home Office investigation.
The researcher, a Rotherham Council worker, was working on a project investigate ways of stopping grooming gangs.
The Home Office ordered an internal investigation into the missing files last year - but has told The Star this is still in the ‘scoping stage’ and the formal review has yet to start.
A spokesman said it is not yet known when the formal review will begin, although it is hoped officials can ‘get it moving as soon as possible’.
The investigation is due to be carried out by Richard Whittam QC and Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC.
Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz MP said in October a ‘full, transparent and urgent investigation’ into what had happened to the files and other missing documents relating to Rotherham. He said: “The Home Office must do everything in its power to locate any missing files in its possession relating to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and other places.”