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Child abuse scandal council order review

Model portraying victim of child grooming Credit: ITV News

A number of women are to sue Rotherham Council for failures to protect them from sexual abuse by predatory men when they were children.

A spokesperson for Rotherham Borough Council today said following Operation Yewtree, the authority asked South Yorkshire Police to thoroughly review all historical cases that may be linked to child sexual exploitation.

He added: "That review is ongoing and continues with a number of live and ongoing investigations. The Council wishes to support SYP and not potentially compromise this process. As such we will not be making further comments on the article without further consultation with our police colleagues."

Video: Questions over child abuse

Rotherham Council's Chief Executive and the Director of Children's Services face a grilling from MPs this afternoon over the grooming and sexual abuse of young girls in the area.

The Home Affairs Select Committee wants to know why no action was taken for so many years. Our political correspondent Ben Erlam has sent this report from Westminster.

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Declan's getting his voice back

Declan Gould had his talking device stolen, but now he can celebrate getting a new one. Credit: Calendar

Declan Gould, from Thrybergh in Rotherham, was left without a voice after the electronic device he uses to speak was stolen by thieves. Declan has cerebral palsy, and his computer talker was his main means of communication.

Today, his dad Jon has thanked Calendar for helping Declan get his voice back.

Today, following a meeting between staff at the NHS and Rotherham Council, it's been agreed that they will buy him a new speaking device. It will be delivered to his school next week/