Switalskis Partner and Head of our Child Abuse Claims team, David Greenwood, has commented on the report published yesterday (Tuesday 26th August) which the looks at the sexual exploitation and abuse of children in Rotherham.
David Greenwood and his team of Solicitors represent 15 girls who were subjected to sexual abuse by gangs of men in Rotherham between 1996 and 2012.
The report presented by Professor Alexis Jay examines Rotherham Council children service’s responses to allegations of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013. The report noted “clear evidence of child sexual exploitation being disbelieved, suppressed or ignored” by the council and by police. Over the period investigated, the report estimates that 1,400 children suffered abuse, with around a third of the victims being known to social services.
Prof Alexis Jay, former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, was commissioned to carry out the independent inquiry following the jailing of 5 men from Rotherham for child sexual offences in 2010.
Commenting on the case, David Greenwood said:
“In each of the 15 cases I am handling, there have been failings by individual social workers, but more importantly, we have been able to identify that Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police have failed to act on information which could have led to the arrest of perpetrators. Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police missed clear opportunities to prevent the sexual exploitation of dozens of girls in Rotherham.
“I have been instructed to issue Court proceedings to claim compensation. If girls affected by exploitation feel unable to contact the Police, I have a team of experienced Lawyers who are willing to listen carefully and confidentially to their stories.”
Switalskis hope the report of Prof Alexis Jay and her recommendations will lead to greater protection of children in Rotherham now and in the future.
For more information or to speak to David Greenwood and our child abuse law team, in confidence, call our helpline on 0800 138 4700.