Published on 6 Sep 2017

‘Widespread systemic failure’ in Rotherham abuse scandal

Six new reports into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have blamed “widespread systemic failure” rather than any specific individuals, saying there was now little they could do to take action against former staff. The council commissioned the reviews after the Jay Report revealed how at least 1,400 children were left at risk of sexual abuse. Many were raped, trafficked and exploited over a period of 16 years by gangs of men, mostly of Pakistani heritage.