News: Abuse of young girls overlooked by Rochdale authorities
“Missed opportunities” to protect young girls from sexual abuse have been highlighted in a review published by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board.
“Deficiencies” and “patchy training” contributed to a failure by social workers, the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies to stop the organised exploitation of young girls in the Greater Manchester town.
Agencies frequently failed to take appropriate action, according to the review: “While some organisations were consistently supportive in their response, overall child welfare organisations missed opportunities to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and timely response and, in addition, the criminal justice system missed opportunities to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The review adds that: “Activity to disrupt alleged offenders was developing on the ground but this was not always followed through at a more senior level.”
Victims of the abuse are now reported to be planning legal action.
The review followed the conviction earlier this year of nine Asian men for the sexual abuse of young girls in theRochdalearea.
Earlier this week, confidential documents revealed that agencies inSouth Yorkshire had also repeatedly failed to prosecute local men involved in the sexual abuse of young girls.
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