Majority of Rotherham child exploitation suspects are white, claims new report

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More than two-thirds of identified Rotherham child sexual exploitation offenders and suspects are white, a new report has said.

New analysis from Public Health Rotherham has looked at the ethnic backgrounds of suspected abusers in the past two years and found some 68 per cent of identified suspects are white.

Almost a quarter – 24 per cent – are of Asian origin.

It comes after the Jay report said that ‘by far the majority of perpetrators were described as ‘Asian’ by victims’ among the cases examined by her inquiry team.

Professor Alexis Jay’s inquiry said the majority of known perpetrators organising child sexual exploitation in Rotherham were of Pakistani heritage, but also added that there was ‘no simple link between race and child sexual exploitation, and across the UK the greatest numbers of perpetrators of CSE are white men.’

Her inquiry found that at least 1,400 children in the town had been victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.

The new report from the Rotherham Safeguarding Children’s Board said the majority of CSE victims who have been identified in the town between October 2012 and October 2014 are white British girls aged between 11 and 15 years.

It added: “The number of offenders, including suspects, were mainly white (68 per cent); 24 per cent were Asian; five per cent were from other black and minority ethnic communities; and three per cent of offenders were female.”

The report said 71 child sexual exploitation crimes were recorded in Rotherham between November 2013 and October 2014, with the majority relating to under 16s and 10 per cent about offences involving children younger than 13.

It added children in Rotherham are statistically more likely to be victims of abuse than other similar places.

The report said: “A larger proportion of young people in Rotherham are more vulnerable than in similar towns and areas.

“Outcomes at present for young people in Rotherham are poor and in urgent need of more effective, joined-up, multi-agency responses.”

It said work is now under way to improve the situation in the town, with efforts from different organisations including ‘relentlessly’ pursuing offenders and providing better levels of support for victims and survivors.

Earlier this week, it was announced £3m is to spent on a new victims’ service.