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Rotherham children's director resigns

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Rotherham MBC’s strategic director for children and young people’s services has resigned.

Joyce Thacker had been under pressure since the publication last month of the Jay report on child sexual exploitation in the town. It found 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013.

A council statement said she left “by mutual agreement” on Friday.

Ms Thacker had this month faced a grilling by MPs on her actions over abuse claims.

Immediately after the Jay report’s publication she had been robustly defended by chief executive Martin Kimber, who is now himself to leave his post at the end of December.

Mr Kimber said last month that Ms Thacker was “part of the solution” and that the council could not afford to lose “good people”.

Ms Thacker said at the time: “While I was deeply distressed to read about the horrific consequences of past mistakes, I was heartened that the report has recognised I have made a difference, and it strengthens my resolve to better protect the children and young people of this borough.”



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