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Thousands of vulnerable youngsters slipped through the net because Rotherham Council were "dysfunctional", a defence lawyer told Good Morning Britain, after MPs published a damning report into mass sexual abuse in the south Yorkshire town.
David Greenwood, who is representing 32 victims of the sexual abuse, said: "There were lots of good ideas, lots of good meetings going on, lots of good strategies, but no one was taking a lead on it."
The education watchdog has admitted it failed to give Rotherham Council "the forensic focus it needed and deserved," after MPs slammed Ofsted's inability to expose mass child sexual abuse in the south Yorkshire town.
An Ofsted spokesman said they "welcomed" the chance to give evidence before the Communities and Local Government Committee, after MPs published a scathing report into child protection services in Rotherham.
The education watchdog needs to answer some "serious questions" about why they failed to expose Rotherham council's inability to tackle prolific child sexual exploitation, the head of a group of MPs said.
Labour's Clive Betts, who chairs the Communities and Local Government committee, hit out at Ofsted, who he said failed to see the poor care Rotherham council was giving vulnerable girls.
Measures to protect children from serious abuse must be reviewed following the widespread sexual molestation which was uncovered in the wake of the Rotherham scandal, MPs have warned.
A scathing report from the Communities and Local Government Committee condemned a watchdog because it did not expose failings at Rotherham council which led to the abuse of 1,400 children between 1997 and 2013.
MPs recognised the south Yorkshire council had many child protection policies in place, but some were "divorced from reality" and officers had to be held to account for the "systematic" failings.
The committee pointed to Ofsted, the education watchdog, which they said had failed to protect children in the town despite numerous inspections.
The committee also called for an investigation into why key documents from between 1999 to 2003 have gone missing.
However, the town is "not an outlier" for abuse and all councils must review their systems for protecting children while government must look again at its guidance, it added.