Prime minister David Cameron has urged the different organisations investigating the Rotherham grooming scandal to show ‘much greater co-operation’.
In a letter to Labour’s Sarah Champion, Mr Cameron confirmed he has asked the Home Office to look at improving the way the National Crime Agency, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and South Yorkshire Police are working.
The NCA is taking over investigations of historic child sexual exploitation in Rotherham from South Yorkshire Police, while the IPCC is running a parallel investigation into alleged police misconduct related to the scandal.
Mr Cameron wrote to Ms Champion following a meeting between the pair and abuse survivors and whistle-blowers at Downing Street last month.
Mr Cameron said: “Hearing their stories reaffirmed my strong personal commitment, which I know you share, to make sure we do everything we can to end this appalling abuse.
“I asked the Home Office to look into the support provided to victims in Rotherham and in particular, the point you raised about the need for much greater co-operation at a practical level between the NCA, South Yorkshire Police and the IPCC to co-ordinate the different requests being made of victims and minimise and distress caused as a result of the multiple follow-up investigative processes now in train.”
Mr Cameron also said he has asked the Home Office to monitor the progress of plans to establish a new £250,000 service to support abuse victims in Rotherham.
Ms Champion said she was pleased with the Prime Minister’s response.
She said: “I’ve been calling for much greater co-operation between all agencies so victims and their families can receive the very best support possible. This letter confirms the Home Office has been asked to look into that co-operation, so my hope is that a more joined-up service will become a reality.”