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Review: 'Young people could have been protected'

The report commissioned by Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board (RBSCB) added:

Given the highly organised, determined and manipulative behaviour of the perpetrators, it would be unrealistic to imagine that their behaviour could have been predicted and that all harm to all the young people they abused could have been prevented.

However, had the sexual exploitation been recognised and responded to at the earliest stages, these young people may have been protected from repeat victimisation and other young people may also have been protected from becoming victims.

'Significant part' of abuse should have been prevented

A "significant part" of the sexual exploitation committed against young girls in Rochdale should have been predicted and prevented, a serious case review has found.

Five of six victims on whom the report focused were "clearly in need of early help and at times intervention" by safeguarding agencies for several years before they were abused.

But there was no properly co-ordinated package of support and assessment which recognised such risks as neglect, domestic violence, parental health problems and substance misuse.


Abuse victim: Police 'are still not doing their job'

One of the victims of the abuse in Rochdale has spoken about her disappointment that she was ignored by police when she complained that a man had exposed himself to her in 2005 and that men who were a part of the abuse were still free.

The anonymous victim told ITV News that some of the men who abused her were still free and walking the streets of Rochdale: "the police just need to go do their job proper (sic). They weren't doing it in 2005 and they still aren't doing it now."

Rochdale report identifies repeated 'poor practices'

A major report into child sex sexual exploitation in Rochdale identified a repeating theme of factors that it says impacted on the quality of practice in particular including:

  • Policy and procedures either not available or poorly understood and implemented at the front line
  • Absence of high quality supervision, challenge and line management oversight
  • Resource pressures and high workload in key agencies, including CSC safeguarding teams, A&E, Police, contributing to disorganisation and at times a sense of helplessness
  • Policies, culture and attitudes within many agencies which were actively unhelpful when working with adolescents
  • Performance frameworks focussed on quantitative practice not on quality of practice or understanding the child's journey through services and outcomes

Rochdale report 'cites police's discriminatory attitude'

Further details of police failures identified in a report published later today into child-sex grooming rings in Rochdale have been leaked to The Guardian.

As well as a lack of resources and oversight, the newspaper understands from the report that untrained detectives were used to investigate child exploitation and "there was a recognition that there may have been discriminatory attitudes among police officers towards the victims".

"As a result, the review has been left with an incomplete and unsatisfactory picture of the involvement of the police in the routine child protection processes," the report concludes.


Police 'set to admit failings over child sex abuse'

A serious case review into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale is to published this morning.

Greater Manchester Police is expected to admit to failing to properly protect six girls, who were groomed and abused between 2007 and 2010.

Nine men were sentenced to up to 19 years in jail last year after being convicted over the case.

Grooming ring review to highlight failings by officials

A serious case review into the Rochdale child sex abuse ring is to be published this morning and is expected to identify a serious of failings among Greater Manchester Police, senior council management and other agencies, to protect vulnerable girls who were preyed on in the town.

A report is published today into why a child sex abuse ring flourished in Rochdale Credit: ITV News

The report is published on the same day as five men are to be sentenced for sexually exploiting the "profound vulnerability" of a 15-year-old girl in Rochdale.

Rochdale Council launched the review last year after nine Asian men were convicted of grooming and passing round a number of teenage girls for sexual abuse.

Secrecy rules for children in care 'may help abusers'

Secrecy rules that apply to children in care homes may make them more vulnerable to abuse and less protected by local authorities, Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he describes his experience of being confronted with a stream of "absurd" secrecy rules and a "wall of silence" as he attempted to get information on how children's care homes operate, following the Rochdale cases of sexual exploitation.

'Absurd' secrecy rules that apply to children in care may help paedophiles target them, Michael Gove said. Credit: PA

"I was met with a wall of silence. The only responsible body with the information we needed was Ofsted, [...] yet Ofsted was prevented by 'data protection' rules, 'child protection' concerns and other bewildering regulations from sharing that data with us, or even with the police.

"In the name of 'protecting children' by officially 'protecting' their information, we had ended up helping the very people we were supposed to be protecting them from."

Council review of handling of Rochdale abuse ring

Rochdale council will release details of a review of their handling of child sexual exploitation after nine men were jailed for grooming girls.

Top - L to R: Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid, Abdul Aziz. Bottom - L to R: Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin, Kabeer Hassan. Credit: GMP/PA Wire

The nine Asian sentenced to between four and 19 years in jail after being found guilty of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring involving vulnerable girls.

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