7 Sep 2017

Commenting on the report on Rotherham Council’s handling of child sexual exploitation, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive at The Children’s Society, said:

“It is simply unacceptable that despite the shocking findings of the Jay report, nobody who was involved with Rotherham Council at the time of this scandal will be held to account for the repeated failures that left vulnerable young people to suffer years of horrific abuse. The victims and survivors in Rotherham were let down by the very people who were supposed to protect them, and this decision denies them the justice and answers they deserve.

“It is of huge concern that this process was undermined by the refusal of former senior officials to cooperate with the investigation. For us to really understand the systemic failings that left children vulnerable to abuse – both in Rotherham and elsewhere – then it is crucial that those involved take responsibility and cooperate openly with investigations such as this. Across the UK, children are still at risk of sexual exploitation, because they are not always seen and heard by the systems and people meant to protect them. Vital lessons must be learned from past failures if we are to make sure that children are protected now, and in the future.”

Notes to editor
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.