Doncaster Council boss linked to Rotherham abuse scandal

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Doncaster Council has begun making enquiries into the conduct of its Assistant Director of Children and Families, after it emerged she worked as a manager at Rotherham Council during the years that paedophile gangs abused 1,400 children in the area.

The explosive report, which revealed Rotherham Council’s failure to tackle at least 1,400 cases of child sexual abuse over 16 years, was published on Tuesday.

And it has now emerged that Doncaster Council’s Assistant Director of Children and Families, Jacqueline Wilson, was interviewed by Professor Jay’s inquiry into the abuse because of the managerial role she held at Rotherham Council from 2002-2007

Mrs Wilson took up the role at Doncaster Council in January this year, and is one of at least three senior officials employed by Rotherham council during the period covered by the inquiry that now hold high-ranking roles at other local authorities.

Doncaster Council is now making its own enquiries relating to Mrs Wilson’s role with Rotherham Council.

Chief Executive, Jo Miller, said: “The crimes that have been perpetrated in Rotherham over many years are appalling.”

“The report makes for difficult reading and is profoundly shocking.”

“Now we have sight of the report we are considering any implications for Doncaster and are liaising with Rotherham Council as well as making our own enquiries.

“We will not comment on individual staffing matters at this time.”

Council and police leaders were accused of ‘blatant’ failures of leadership for most of the period looked in the report, when girls as young as 11 were raped by ‘large numbers of male perpetrators’.

Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone resigned shortly after the report was published on Tuesday.

Pressure has also been mounting for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, to resign from Home Secretary, Teresa May and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, among others.

Mr Wright knew about the abuse in 2005 when he was a Labour councillor sitting on Rotherham Council’s cabinet and had responsibility for children’s services.

He has apologised and said he is ‘more determined than ever to lead police that root out evil’.

He resigned from the Labour Party this morning over the scandal, but says he intends to remain in his position as Police and Crime Commissioner for the area.