A solicitor representing 15 of the Rotherham victims has said he believes social workers were let down by a system that did not enable them to come forward with their concerns, or respond to them.
Solicitor David Greenwood told Channel 4 News he was "convinced" there were individuals who could be identified as failing in their jobs.
He added: "There was a culture that has come through the evidence I have seen that some people in the council thought these girls were engaging in consensual activity even though they were under the age of 16 which is a bit shocking to me."
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.