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Home Affairs Committee meeting over child sexual exploitation

The Home Affairs Committee has called for "greater transparency" after finding "compelling evidence" numerous complaints of abuse of children in Rotherham were ignored. The Committee is meeting today to discuss the child abuse scandal in Rotherham. Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf, who is chair of an independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse will give evidence. They will be looking to find out who knew about the abuse after 1400 cases were identified in a report.

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Timeline of Rotherham abuse

The inquiry found 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013
  • Early to mid-1990s: Workers told the new report they came across examples of child sexual exploitation from this period.
  • 1997: Risky Business, a team of youth workers, is set up over concerns about young people being abused through prostitution.
  • 2002: Chapter of draft report contained severe criticisms of agencies in Rotherham involved with child sexual exploitation (CSE).
  • 2005: Councillor Shaun Wright appointed cabinet member for the newly-created department of children and young people's services.
  • 2008: Operation Central set up to investigate men believed to be involved in sexual exploitation.
  • 2009: Ofsted rated Rotherham's children's services as "inadequate".
  • 2010: Five men given lengthy jail terms after they are found guilty of grooming teenage girls for sex.
  • 2012: Reports in The Times claim that details from 200 restricted-access documents showed police and child protection agencies in the town had extensive knowledge of these activities for a decade, yet a string of offences went unprosecuted.
  • 2013: Publication of Home Affairs Select Committee report into CSE andindependent inquiry into the issue in Rotherham is announced.
  • 2014: Professor Alexis Jay's report finds 1,400 children suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period.

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