Health services in Rotherham still have a “lack of understanding” about who should be dealing with child abuse, a new report has said. Sue McMillan, of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said communication between different parts of the health service was a clear problem. The Jay Report, published in 2014, found 1,400 children in the town had been abused over a 16-year period. Ms McMillan said “there was still a lot to be done” almost a year on.
“Health services in Rotherham have responded to concerns in relation to child sexual exploitation,” but more progress was needed, said Ms McMillan, the watchdog’s deputy chief inspector. The CQC’s review into health services for children in the town said closer partnership working was needed to protect vulnerable children and has made a number of recommendations. It said GPs should fully understand the child protection process, including their responsibilities around record keeping and information sharing.
Pharmacists and staff at the town’s walk-in centre should be made “aware of their role for local screening in referring young people for sexually-transmitted infections or in raising safeguarding concerns”. Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for most health services for children, must draw up an action plan within 20 working days, it said.
Progress on child sex exploitation in Rotherham is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘too slow’. Sue McMillan said: “We’re disappointed that despite the intense scrutiny on child protection in Rotherham, services with a key role in child safeguarding are unclear about their responsibilities. While progress has been made, it is too slow and more is required.” “This is unacceptable and we will check progress against our recommendations.”
The two damning reports by Prof. Jay and Louise Casey CB exposed the scale of CSE in Rotherham. In truth, said Ms Casey, a culture of bullying, political correctness, incompetence and cover-up had allowed gangs of Asian men to get away with child abuse for years and councillors were ‘not fit for purpose’ in Labour controlled RMBC . Despite the lame soundbites of “Lessons have been learned” and the late apologies from disgraced former Leaders Stone and Kimber Labour councillors are still in denial. What part of ‘total failure‘ do they not understand and why have they failed to make any real progress?