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Rotherham to publish new reports into council staff conduct

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Rotherham MBC will today publish the results of a series of independent investigations into the role of council staff during the the child sex abuse scandal in the town.

The five reports, which are due to be discussed at a council meeting at 2pm, follow a series of internal probes commissioned by the council after the publication of two high-profile reports into the scandal.

In her 2014 a report by Alexis Jay found at least 1,400 children were sexually abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

A subsequent report by Louise Casey found the council was not fit for purpose and was more concerned about protecting its own reputation than its most vulnerable citizens.

One report published today will focus on the performance and conduct of senior council employees, while another will reveal the findings of a review of 15 cases highlighted in the Jay report.

Three reports will reveal the findings of audits focused on particular incidents or allegations.

These are the alleged removal of files and “impairment” of computer records in 2002, missing meetings from key meetings between the late 1990s and 2004, and the theft of council laptops in 2011.

A final report will examine the licensing and enforcement of taxis from 2010 to the present day.

Today’s council meeting will be chaired by the government’s lead commissioner in Rotherham Mary Ney.

 

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