Crime Reduction

28.11.18

Rotherham abuse victim reveals council offered convicted sex offender access to her child

Rotherham Council has come under fierce criticism after a convicted sex offender was offered access to the child of one of the victims of the town’s sexual exploitation scandal.

Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years in 2016 after he was convicted of 23 child sex offences, but was told by Rotherham Council he could seek visits from the child, the Times reported today.

The newspaper said Hussain, the boy’s father, was listed as a ‘respondent’ in a family court case involving the child which led to the council approaching him promising to keep him informed of all future proceedings.

During the hearing last year, the boy’s mother was told by the council that the convicted sex offender would be allowed to attend court and make legal representations.

Sammy Woodhouse, who has waived her anonymity, was one of the Hussain’s victims and fell pregnant aged 15 after she was raped.

She posted an emotional online video calling for a change to the law, saying: “This story is about myself, about my son, about the man that raped me, and about the fact that Rotherham Council have offered him to apply for parental rights for my child.”

Woodhouse said: “I’ve also been able to prove that he is a direct danger to my son. This is happening all over the country, and it needs to stop.”

The campaigner has, alongside her MP Louise Haigh, called for the 1989 Children’s Act to be changed to “ensure rapists can’t gain access to children conceived through rape and abuse.”

Woodhouse was one of the key witnesses in the South Yorkshire Police’s Operation Clover investigation, which led to a number of Rotherham men being given lengthy jail sentences in 2016, including Hussain and his three brothers.

Haigh said in a tweet that the situation was “so utterly acceptable” and announced that she and Woodhouse were campaigning for men who’ve fathered children through rape to lose their parental rights. She added: “Too often we see the rights of victims being superseded by the rights of their rapists. This has to end.”

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Image credit - Dave Higgens/PA Wire/PA Images

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15/02/2019Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council... more >
Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

15/02/2019Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

The new chief executive of Sutton London Borough Council has been announced, with Helen Bailey taking up the role at the authority. Followin... more >
County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

15/02/2019County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

Hampshire County Council has apologised after mistakenly publishing a notice that Prince Philip had died in what has been blamed on an “int... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,... read more >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open — and this needs to happen as soon as possible. The fire at Grenfell Tower has been an unimaginable tragedy and it continues to be a hu... more > more last word articles >
Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15/02/2019Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council’s cabinet member for environment Anita Leec... more >
Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

15/02/2019Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

The new chief executive of Sutton London Borough Council has been announced, with Helen Bailey taking up the role at the authority. Following former chief executive Niall Bolger’s depa... more >

the raven's daily blog

Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

13/02/2019Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

"We are delighted to be a Strategic Partner to EvoNorth 2019. We’re looking forward to joining leaders from across the north to hear their vision for shaping the region and how we can help to make this a reality" EvoNorth welcome strategic partner Virgin Media Business to next month's event. They will be supporting our exclusive Health,... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can ave... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationship... more >
Fracking: divest to invest

07/01/2019Fracking: divest to invest

Deirdre Duff, divestment campaigner at Friends of the Earth, takes a look at local authorities’ role in fracking. The fossil fuel indu... more >
Building credit with the public sector

07/01/2019Building credit with the public sector

Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader... more >

interviews

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

public sector focus

View all News