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Town's Historic Child Sexual Exploitation Cases To Be Reviewed

Monday November 3 2014

Shaun Wright Shaun Wright

HISTORIC child sexual exploitation cases in Barnsley are to be reviewed.

A spokesman for the police said historic child sexual exploitation cases are being reviewed force-wide, not just in Barnsley, and that has been ongoing for the past year or so.

It follows a stringent review in the aftermath of Shaun Wright's departure from his post as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire.

A report found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013, with Wright being in charge of children's services at Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010.

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Reply Posted by Concerned on Monday November 3 2014 at 13:58
It’s still happening, white girls and Muslim girls are being groomed and raped today.

When are they going to make some arrests?

Reply Posted by MrC on Monday November 3 2014 at 16:37
Disgusting that these animals have been getting away with these evil crimes

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 3 2014 at 18:44
Makes me laugh! Barnsley council along with other councils can spend the time naming and shaming people that drop litter, yet they cannot weed out and name and "Lock Up" those that have allowed child exploitation go on under there "Watch" it's a joke. It's time these old boys clubs and clique's within our town halls are swept out and start a fresh. It's disgusting!

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday November 3 2014 at 19:13
David, you need to direct your vitriol against South Yorkshire Police. Barnsley Council don't lock people up - it's a criminal matter, one for SYP and the Crown Prosecution to establish whether a crime has been committed. How do you know that officers at BMBC have not reported cases that SYP have not acted upon - the simple answer is you don't.

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 3 2014 at 19:29
Then we shall wait and see.

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 3 2014 at 19:44
I pay my rates to Barnsley Council and as far as I am concerned they are responsible for what goes on in the borough as they after all our working on the electorate's behalf, am I right or wrong? Therefore, if they can be bothered to chase people for dropping litter, they can chase people that are responsible for allowing child abuse to go on within the borough, after all that's why we have councillors and MP's right or wrong!?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday November 3 2014 at 20:27
Part of your rates also goes towards SYP and the Fire Service, so I'm not sure what point you're making. Child abuse is a criminal matter - Bins missed, Barnsley Council, Child Abuse and locking people up is South Yorkshire Police - get some perspective.

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 3 2014 at 21:08
Let me make it clearer for you, I pay my rates to BMBC, if I don't pay them BMBC send me a summons, BMBC takes me to court right or wrong? BMBC is responsible (Not Me) to pay SYP and the Fire Service . Our Town Hall and those within it work for the people of the borough, right or wrong? Then I expect those within BMBC to name and shame and help to bring those to justice that have been involved with child abuse. I'm sure that you will agree Hoyland Red that the public deserves the truth rather than things swept under the carpet! Right or wrong? After all, our councillors and MP's are there to serve the people. Right or wrong? Therefore I'll leave it with BMBC and Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith MP to get to the bottom of this. In the meantime, we shall wait and see who are named, shamed and then locked up!

Reply Posted by Michelle driver on Monday November 3 2014 at 19:00
It id absolutley disgusting, how can these people get away with such a serious crime ? They know who they are you should hang your heads in shame. And you wonder why no one trust the government or the police or the labour council shame on you

Reply Posted by Sally Smith on Monday November 3 2014 at 19:57
They have got away with it because to deal with it is to bring the anti-white agenda of Labour right out into the open. I was a Labour party member, so were the previous four generations of my family. But this horror, like so many similar horrors, is a direct result of Labour philosophy, Labour policy. These kids were from the white British working class, so Labour prefers them to degrade them until they disappear. Labour is not the party for ordinary British people now. Shame on anyone who votes for them. Vote Labour and you are condoning the worst atrocity ever to have been carried out on British children.

Reply Posted by Les on Monday November 3 2014 at 21:19
@ David, you really do need to check out your facts and the responsibility of each agency. There are no police officers employed by the council and it's that agency which investigates and prosecutes people for committing crimes n the last I heard child sexual exploitation was a criminal offence. Derrrr it's not rocket science....

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 3 2014 at 21:55
So Les, and Hoyland Red can you explain why "A Rotherham Labour MP opposed calls for a investigation into the town’s child-sex scandal because he did not think it would help young victims or their families. And can you guarantee the same won't happen in Barnsley? The public is entitled to total transparency at all times.

Reply Posted by Les on Monday November 3 2014 at 23:08
Oh dear, your really are not up to speed are you. There was a full independent enquiry into Rotherham undertaken by Alexis Jay OBE which was commissioned by Rotherham council. As I said before know the facts before you go spouting, your only making yourself sound really foolish!

Reply Posted by Concerned on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 12:42
Mr Wood is quite right.

“The Rotherham MP questioned the benefits of holding an inquiry into agencies’ handling of sex-exploitation cases, ‘especially if it focuses solely on Rotherham and on Asian men grooming white girls’. “
The Times 12 Sept 2014
The MP was replying to a question from a constituent 2 years ago.

The MP’s response to the Times was - ‘Back in 2012 I was simply not aware of the scale and seriousness of the problem now exposed by Jay.’

Haven’t we heard those words before?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 13:11
The point trying to be made to David Wood is that Barnsley Council do not lock people up as he suggests should happen - he seems unable to grasp that fact. I'm sure most people, including MP's Councillors and members of the public want South Yorkshire Police to investigate thoroughly what's been going on in South Yorkshire - and if a crime has been committed then those that have broken the law should be punished accordingly. His rant was mis-directed and that I'm sure was the purpose of both Les and my response.

Reply Posted by David Wood on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 17:31
I'm reading the report thoroughly by Alexis Jay OBE and for those that are interested I will copy and paste parts of it, it's disgusting. And quite clear where the blame lies. Children deserve better!

Executive Summary

No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited over the full Inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.
In just over a third of cases, children affected by sexual exploitation were previously known to services because of child protection and neglect. It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.
This abuse is not confined to the past but continues to this day. In May 2014, the caseload of the specialist child sexual exploitation team was 51. More CSE cases were held by other children's social care teams. There were 16 looked after children who were identified by children’s social care as being at serious risk of sexual exploitation or having been sexually exploited. In 2013, the Police received 157 reports concerning child sexual exploitation in the Borough.
Over the first twelve years covered by this Inquiry, the collective failures of political and officer leadership were blatant. From the beginning, there was growing evidence that child sexual exploitation was a serious problem in Rotherham. This came from those working in residential care and from youth workers who knew the young people well.
Within social care, the scale and seriousness of the problem was underplayed by senior managers. At an operational level, the Police gave no priority to CSE, regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime. Further stark evidence came in 2002, 2003 and 2006 with three reports known to the Police and the Council, which could not have been clearer in their description of the situation in Rotherham. The first of these reports was effectively suppressed because some senior officers disbelieved the data it contained. This had led to suggestions of cover-up. The other two reports set out the links between child sexual exploitation and drugs, guns and criminality in the Borough. These reports were ignored and no action was taken to deal with the issues that were identified in them.
In the early 2000s, a small group of professionals from key agencies met and monitored large numbers of children known to be involved in CSE or at risk but their managers gave little help or support to their efforts. Some at a senior level in the Police and children's social care continued to think the extent of the problem, as described by youth workers, was exaggerated, and seemed intent on reducing the official numbers of children categorised as CSE. At an operational level, staff appeared to be overwhelmed by the numbers involved. There were improvements in the response
of management from about 2007 onwards. By 2009, the children's social care service was acutely understaffed and over stretched, struggling to cope with demand.
Seminars for elected members and senior officers in 2004-05 presented the abuse in the most explicit terms. After these events, nobody could say 'we didn't know'. In 2005, the present Council Leader chaired a group to take forward the issues, but there is no record of its meetings or conclusions, apart from one minute.

Reply Posted by Les on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 20:03
May I suggest you stop cutting n pasting from reports which most of us have read. You have no objectivity which makes you very boring n unable to debate, look up the definition, re read your post n you may then understand.

Reply Posted by Les on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 20:04
My last post was for David wood

Reply Posted by Mr b on Saturday January 9 2016 at 21:41
They need to do something, as a case involving ian blunt collapsed because of lost documents, now this monster went on to abuse 2 girls in Blackpool, and has escaped justice yet again through lack of evidence, if they had done the job right in 1991, this man wouldn't be destroying families over the country. ..