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Shaun Wright steps down as PCC after Rotherham report pressure

Shaun Wright has stepped down as South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner after weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal, his office has announced.

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Home Office to form inquiry panel to look at child abuse

The Home Office has said it is to establish an "independent inquiry panel" to look at whether public bodies are doing enough to protect children from sexual exploitation.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

The failings in Rotherham exposed by this inquiry are appalling and the coalition government is absolutely clear that the lessons of past failures must be learned.

That is why we are establishing an independent inquiry panel of experts in the law and child protection to consider whether public bodies – and other non-state institutions – have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.

The government has also set up a Home Office led National Group, through which agencies are working together to better identify those at risk and create a more victim-focused culture within the police, health and children's services.

We will continue to work to ensure victims are not left to suffer in silence and those who exploit them are brought to justice.

– Norman Baker, Crime Prevention Minister

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