Do you sometimes get the feeling that no matter what evidence you put before some people they continually deny the obvious? As an example: Labour Cllr. Jo Burton has been repeatedly criticised for failing to take any actions between 2005-2013 to help children who were involved in the CSE scandal. “Someone else was in charge of the inquiry”. She was an advisor to Children`s Services in 2007 and 2008. She also often says that the Children and Young Peoples Services was rated ‘very good’ by Ofsted. Herein lies the problem: John Goldup, the former Deputy Chief Inspector and National Director of social care for Ofsted said inspectors lacked the focus to target child abuse in Rotherham because they had a “limited” understanding of it. He also told MP’s “We did not get it right on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham… and I apologise for that.”
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Not only did Burton fail ask questions about the progress of the SYP inquiry and what evidence had been gathered to date she cannot now deny the initial Ofsted report was based on false data and far from being ‘very good’ it is a matter of record the C&YPS was failing young people. The reports from Prof.Jay and Louise Casey CB highlight the long term failure, inaction and lack of inertia in the Childrens and Young Peoples Services. This includes the periods in which Burton was Senior Advisor to ex councillor and failed PCC Shaun Wright (who refused to give evidence to Louise Casey about the extent of his knowledge about CSE in Rotherham). Paul Lakin-Ex Leader of RMBC-is on record saying ‘the Senior Advisor had the same knowledge as the Cabinet member responsible’. Oh dear Cllr.Burton, had a memory lapse have we? Despite regular questioning from members of the public at APC meetings about the dates she was Senior Advisor and her knowledge of CSE she continues to deny everything.
Jo Burton would rather deny a hard truth than face it.