Shaun Wright referred to IPCC after Rotherham report

Under-fire South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mr Wright has resisted calls for him to resign since the publication of the Jay Report into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham which detailed how at least 1,400 children were subjected to horrors including rape, violence and trafficking for sex between 1997 and 2013.

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Abused children 'let down' by Rotherham agencies

Abused children 'let down' by Rotherham agencies Credit: ITV News

A report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire highlights the "consistent failures" to protect children at the hands of predatory groups of men, the NSPCC said. John Cameron, head of NSPCC helpline added:

It appears there was at a senior level a collective blindness over many years to the suffering of children who endured almost incomprehensible levels of violence and intimidation. Many of these children were already extremely vulnerable and the manner in which they were let down by agencies entrusted to protect them is appalling.

Cultural sensitivities should never stand in the way of protecting children. It is hard to imagine the damage caused to victims who were preyed upon with almost impunity over many years, because of a reluctance to comprehend or address what was widely happening.

– John Cameron, head of NSPCC helpline

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