South Yorkshire Police have "completely overhauled" the way in which child sexual exploitation is dealt with, the District Commander for Rotherham has said.
In a statement, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin added:
I’d like to start by offering an unreserved apology to the victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) who did not receive the level of service they should be able to expect from their local police force. We fully acknowledge our previous failings.
In the last four years we’ve made significant strides in how we protect those at risk from CSE, and the report found that the issue is ‘clearly a priority’ for South Yorkshire Police ... I accept that our recent successes in tackling CSE will not heal the pain of those victims who have been let down.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.