Joyce Thacker leaves Rotherham Council ‘by mutual agreement’

Martin Kimber and Joyce Thacker facing the Home Affairs Committee
Martin Kimber and Joyce Thacker facing the Home Affairs Committee
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Joyce Thacker has left Rotherham Borough Council ‘with immediate effect’ in the wake of the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal, it has been announced.

It comes after she was signed off on sick leave from her £130,000 per year job earlier this week.

A statement released by Rotherham Council this evening said the decision had been made ‘by mutual agreement’.

It said: “Joyce Thacker, Strategic Director for Children and Young People’s Services, is to leave Rotherham Borough Council by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

“The council will be making no further statement at this stage.”

Ms Thacker, who is paid £130,000 per year, has faced repeated calls to quit following the publication of the Jay report, which revealed at least 1,400 children in the town had been sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 and there had been ‘serious failings’ by the council and the police in protecting victims.

Ms Thacker has been head of children’s services since 2008 and was deputy head for two years before that.

Her departure follows the resignations of council leader Roger Stone, chief executive Martin Kimber and police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright over the scandal.