Sunday, 31 August 2014

Miliband says abuse inquiry 'delayed too long'

A government inquiry into child abuse "needs to get moving" in the light of the "devastating" Rotherham scandal, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said. His comments come as it was revealed at least 24 child protection investigations in Rotherham failed to halt the abuse of at least 1,400 young people over a 16-year period.
The Mail on Sunday exposes minutes from Rotherham’s Safeguarding Children’s Board which indicate cabinet member for Children’s Services during some of this period, Shaun Wright, now the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, would have been passed information recording over 1,000 reported cases of abuse during his time at the council.
Meanwhile, a House of Commons committee is to investigate what Tony Blair's Home Office knew about the Rotherham scandal as far back as 2001 after more evidence emerged about his government's efforts to pacify Muslim communities.
The Sun on Sunday reports that a team of officers from other forces are to re-examine at least 1,000 cases of possible sex abuse while the number of victims taking legal action against Rotherham Council has risen from 15 to 19.
Several papers also report on police plans to arrest hundreds of suspected child abusers as part of a crackdown on the grooming of vulnerable young girls. The large-scale operation is thought to be largely driven off the back of publicity generated by the Rochdale case.
Finally, the Shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has said Labour would introduce mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse to avoid a repeat of the failures seen in the Rotherham scandal.
Courtesy of The Sunday Times,The Mail on Sunday, The Independent