Monday, September 8, 2014

Rotherham child abuse scandal: council chief executive to step down

The chief executive of Rotherham council is to step down, saying a new leader would help the town recover after it emerged councillors, police and social services turned a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 children.

Martin Kimber said in a statement: "I believe that new leadership will enable the town to recover more quickly from the events of the last two weeks, and strongly signal a new beginning at this critical time in its recovery. The time is therefore now right for me to leave."

He will quit at the end of the year.

The independent Jay inquiry into historical cases of child sexual exploitation highlighted serious failings by agencies in the town involved in protecting children and young people.

Jay said the most "blatant" failures took place from 1997-2009. Kimber joined the authority in 2009. His predecessors all insist they were unaware of the scale of abuse perpetrated under their watch.

Meanwhile, Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner, continues to insist he will not quit despite calls from victims, MPs and the prime minister.  (more...)

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