New report on Rotherham abuse scandal to be published on Tuesday

Clive Betts MP
Clive Betts MP

A new report by MPs on the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal will be published on Tuesday.

The Communities and Local Government Committee has been taking evidence on the roles of Rotherham Council and Ofsted in failing to stop the grooming scandal.

Last week, former Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone broke his silence on the scandal for the first time since resigning on the day the Jay report was published.

He was quizzed by MPs about his knowledge of what was going on in the town.

A new report by the committee will be made public on Tuesday morning.

Clive Betts MP, chairman of the committee, said the report will include a number of recommendations relating to local government scrutiny and the role of Ofsted.

He has also backed plans for a new inquiry into South Yorkshire Police after it was reported earlier this week that the force knew hundreds of girls were at risk of ongoing sexual abuse in Sheffield but failed to investigate many allegations.

The politician said the idea has also been backed by civil servant Louise Casey, whose recent report into Rotherham Council found the authority was still ‘in denial’ about child abuse problems in the town.

Mr Betts said: “In the committee’s evidence session with Louise Casey, I asked about the position of the police and their role and responsibility in the failure to tackle child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

“This latest story shows the police need to be fully held to account for their actions. South Yorkshire Police now need to accept the same level of responsibility as Rotherham local authority did and submit to an inspection along the lines of that conducted by Louise Casey.

“The CLG Committee’s inquiry on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham heard from a number of witnesses including Louise Casey. We will publish our report next week with a number of recommendations relating to local government scrutiny and the role of Ofsted”.