Prof. Alexis Jay a former Chief Inspector of Social Work in Scotland has just published her independent report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Download at your own risk.
Her key findings were:
- That at least 1400 children had been subject to serious abuse including but not limited to being trafficked to other towns, abduction, dousing with petrol (gasoline) and the multiple rape of children as young as eleven.
- Three earlier internal reports between 2002-2006, that both the borough council and South Yorkshire Police were aware of "which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham", were covered up. The first report was suppressed because senior officers did not believe the data and the other two simply ignored and not acted upon.
- No priority was given by South Yorkshire Police to incidents of child sexual exploitation.
- There is evidence that the council and police wanted to diminish the ethnic dimensions of the abuse for fear of being regarded as racist. The majority of the perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage.
Transcript of her press conference is available HERE. The leader of the local council has announced he is stepping down.