November 2004 and early 2005
Presentations on CSE are made to the council’s children’s executive group, the children and young people’s board and the safeguarding board. An action plan is called for.
A seminar on CSE is held for all council members. A new department of children and young people’s services is created with Councillor Shaun Wright appointed cabinet member for the department.
The Sexual Exploitation Forum is discussing more than 90 cases and it is decided that the number being considered should be reduced. This followed an audit of 87 CSE cases carried out by police on behalf of the forum.
An investigation into the grooming and sexual abuse of young boys identifies more than 70 alleged victims. A man is convicted of offences against 10 children.
Risky Business is “inundated” with referrals, all of them relating to young people under the age of 18, and some of whom are in care. Risky Business is said to be under pressure from those who referred the children.
Operation Central is set up to investigate men believed to be involved in child sexual exploitation. Funding for Risky Business is increased.
Ofsted rates Rotherham’s children’s services as “inadequate” as the safety of children can not be assured.
The local Safeguarding Children Board sets up a child sexual exploitation sub group.
Rotherham Borough Council, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies set up a CSE team to investigate the issues raised in the report.
The police force denies it had been reluctant to tackle child sexual abuse but the Home Affairs Select Committee tells the chief constable and one of his top officers to “get a grip” on the issue.
Cllr.Jo Burton still claims “She was not aware” of CSE in Rotherham.
The chief executive of the council appears before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the lack of prosecutions, with chairman Keith Vaz saying the council had not done enough since the 2010 prosecutions.
Council chief executive Martin Kimber blames “systematic failures” as he apologises to victims and their families.
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright announces three reviews of child sexual abuse in the South Yorkshire Police area.
Four women sue the council for failing to protect them when they were children.
The council announces it is commissioning an independent inquiry. It is later announced that Professor Alexis Jay will lead the inquiry team.
26 August 2014
Professor Alexis Jay’s report is published. Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone steps down with immediate effect. Mr Wright says he will stay in his job as police commissioner despite calls for him to stand down.
2 September 2014
South Yorkshire Police commissions an independent investigation into its handling of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal. The inquiry will examine the role of both the police and council.
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright is told he will have to face questions about the failings of both the police and council by a committee of MPs. An urgent question is tabled in the House of Commons by Yvette Cooper MP – Labour’s shadow home secretary – on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party suspends four of its members – including Rotherham councillors and former councillors – pending an investigation. The four people suspended are named as former leader of the council Roger Stone, ex-Deputy Council leader, Jahangir Akhtar, Gwendoline Russell, and Shaukat Ali.
Double standards…………Jacqui Collins RMBC Monitoring and Legal Officer refuses to take any actions or instigate sanctions against Kimber,Thacker and Akhtar. She does however pursue a vendetta against an Independent Anston Councillor for questioning Anston Labour Councillors on their behaviour and making misleading statements at APC meetings.