Louise Casey CB, Director General, Troubled Families, Department for Communities and Local Government giving evidence to the HoC Communities and Local Government Committee Monday 23rd February.
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=17348. It is over an hour’s viewing so I would advise you get a comfy chair.
Prior to Lakin taking over RMBC was led by Roger Stone who refused to accept there was a CSE problem. He hounded and bullied anyone who disagreed with him. CSE first reported to RMBC in 1999. No minutes of any meetings exist to record what was discussed.
You will hear Louise Casey tell the committee RMBC was inept and incompetent. It was and is in denial. The council did not fail because of lack of money, it failed because it let people down. The council was poorly scrutinised. RMBC refused to recognise the perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage. It was an uncomfortable truth they would not accept. Lakin was inept and a poor leader. Front line workers are ashamed they work in Rotherham. It is not and never was a question of money, it is about lack of competence and lack of leadership. Regulating Taxi Licensing was a joke.
Also giving evidence is Miriam Rosen, former Executive Director and Acting Chief Inspector, Ofsted. She is adept at avoiding giving a direct answers to questions and struggles to admit Ofsted screwed up its inspection of RMBC.
Burton,St.John and Stonebridge still claim they ‘knew nothing’ about the extent of CSE. They were forced to admit, after questioning at APC meetings, they were ‘aware’ of CSE in Rotherham but “We were told to keep quiet”. As you do when children are being abused?
Dalton in the meantime set up her infamous http://gangsandgroomingeducation.vpweb.co.uk/Contact-Us.html and on April 17th 2013 posted this; https://twitter.com/gngeducation/status/324519766763134976
She was Chair of the Taxi Licensing Committee in Rotherham. She was also the Adviser to Cabinet Member for Safeguarding Children and Adults (May 2012 to May 2013) and responsible for overseeing taxi drivers. Licensing Board (May 2013 to date) Licensing Committee (May 2013 to date) Louise Casey has a lot to say about the ineffective control of Rothertham’s taxi trade . This was all highlighted last year so why did Dalton and her committee not act immediately to tighten the existing lax rules?
South Yorkshire Police are also being investigated for their lack of actions, lack of proper supervision and possible links between perpetrators of child abuse and police officers. Disgraced former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright-who was in charge of Children’s Services in Rotherham from 2005 to 2010– is due before the same committee next month. Perhaps he’ll reveal the truth instead of telling the fairy stories he told before being forced to resign.