Police, social workers and the Crown Prosecution Service "missed opportunities" to stop the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale, a report has revealed. Daybreak's Matt Barbet reports.
The review into the child abuse scandal in Rochdale comes days after The Times published a report which alleged that agencies in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were aware or extensive abuse of white girls by some Asian men.
The report looked at how agencies including the police, council, NHS and Crown Prosecution Service worked between 2007 and 2012 to young people who were at risk of sexual exploitation.
The report, which specifically followed the treatment of one 15-year-old victim, says:
While some organisations were consistently supportive in their response, overall child welfare organisations missed opportunities to provide a comprehensive, co-ordinated and timely response and, in addition, the criminal justice system missed opportunities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Activity to disrupt alleged offenders was developing on the ground but this was not always followed through at a more senior level. The early investigations of crimes and the prosecution of alleged offenders were flawed.
Police, social workers and the Crown Prosecution Service "missed opportunities" to stop the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale, a report into the scandal has revealed.
"Deficiencies" in the way children's social care responded to the victims' needs were caused by "patchy" training of frontline staff, the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board said in its review into child sexual exploitation.
The report suggests that vulnerable young girls, some as young as 10, who were being targeted for sexual abuse, were written off by those in authority who believed they were "making their own choices".
The review was ordered in the aftermath of a trial which saw nine Asian men jailed for grooming young white girls for sex.