Rotherham Council announces child sex exploitation inquiry

Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council
Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council
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An independent inquiry is to take place at Rotherham Council into the issue of child sexual exploitation.

The announcement was made today by council leader Coun Roger Stone to a meeting of the full cabinet - where he also ‘apologised unreservedly’ to young people let down by council services which ‘simply weren’t good enough’.

“I know I speak for us all in condemning unreservedly this vile crime and acknowledging the devastating impact it has on the young victims and those who love and care for them,” he told fellow councillors.

“We apologise unreservedly to those young people who have been let down by our safeguarding services which prior to 2009 simply weren’t good enough.”

He added: “Following detailed discussions with the Chief Executive, I am asking Cabinet to endorse the proposal to commission an independent inquiry into historic child sexual exploitation cases in Rotherham.

“It goes without saying I expect the inquiry’s findings to be made public.

“The Chief Executive will bring back a report back to Cabinet at its next meeting in two weeks’ time, when we will see the detailed approach and begin what I see as a significant milestone in our fight against the scourge of child sexual exploitation.”