Rotherham abuse report ‘laid bare’ our failings - police chief

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South Yorkshire Police ‘failings’ were ‘laid bare’ by the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, Chief Constable David Crompton said.

The Jay report revealed at least 1,400 children in the town were subjected to ‘appalling’ abuse between 1997 and 2013.

It said both the police and Rotherham Council failed to protect some of the most vulnerable, with clear evidence of child sex exploitation being ‘disbelieved, suppressed or ignored’.

South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable Mr Crompton is calling a meeting with the report’s author, Professor Alexis Jay, to discuss the findings, which he said made for ‘painful reading’.

He said: “The report into CSE in Rotherham laid bare the failings of South Yorkshire Police over a number of years.

“This made for painful reading, however I am determined we will use the findings of the report to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

“With this in mind I have written to Professor Jay to request a meeting, which will allow us to fully understand her detailed findings and properly address any concerns both past and present.

“Of the four officers named in the report, just one, Richard Tweed, remains with the force.

“His position in Rotherham started in 2010, the year which the report states the improvements began.

“As a result of the release of the report we have begun to see a number of new reports about child sexual exploitation.

“I interpret this as a sign of confidence among victims that the force, as it stands now, will take these matters seriously and investigate them fully.”