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28.08.14

No disciplinary action for council staff over Rotherham abuse

No council employee will face disciplinary action following the sexual exploitation of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham over a 16-year period, the local authority’s chief executive has said.

Martin Kimber, the chief executive of Rotherham Council, stated that there was not “enough evidence” to take action, despite Professor Alexis Jay’s report attributing failures “almost without exception” to senior managers in child protection services, elected councillors and senior police officers.

Prof Jay’s report detailed the rape of children as young as 11 by multiple men, grooming and trafficking in Rotherham, in which many of the perpetrators were described as Asian.

In fact Prof Jay said councillors seemed to think the exploitation was a “one-off” problem they hoped would go away.

Kimber said: “Officers in senior positions responsible for children's safeguarding services throughout the critical periods when services fell some way short of today's standards do not work for the council today.

“To that extent, I have not been able to identify any issues of professional practice related to current serving officers of this council that would require me to consider use of disciplinary or capability procedures.”

He added that he will not be standing down from his post, and that the report indicates that during the last five years there have been “very significant” improvements under his tenure.

“One of the things the report does allow me to do is to reassure young people today, parents today, that where young people are in trouble, that we will take them seriously and we will put services in to protect them,” said Kimber.

Earlier this week, following the release of the report, the leader of Rotherham, Cllr Roger Stone, stepped down to take responsibility for the historic failings outlined by the investigators.

(Image: c. Dave Higgens)

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Clive English   01/09/2014 at 14:02

This statement from (Media reports at least) appears untrue in that at least one senior named officer appears to have been with the council throughout most of this period, having served previously with Bradford, where there have also been problems It would appear this issue is still not a "serious matter" to this authority. And as for South Yorkshire Police words fail me..

Paul Snape   01/09/2014 at 17:10

Martin Kimber should have been arrested by now as should gave the Divisional Police Commander and the ahead of Social Service for Malfeasance in Public Office. Is the Chief Constable on holiday or just hiding away? I have not seen or heard any comments from him. How can these three heads of service keel their positions when 1400 children have been abused? Where is this once great country going to?

Frances Fox   02/09/2014 at 15:19

Was the Council stopped by a higher authority eg: Police, Government, Multicultural Officials?

Clive English   03/09/2014 at 11:48

i dont think this had anything really to do with multiculturalism. That was just a convenient excuse to hide behind.Both the council and police are still hiding. This could do with a full public inquiry. Of course south Yorkshire police dont usually behave like this, oh wait yes they do, as any football fan can tell you.

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