The report into the review of South Yorkshire police’s handling of child sexploitation cases in Rotherham and surrounding areas has been published by Professor John Drew. After more than 12 months of deliberation and interviews involving up to 150 people – from victims through to support workers and the police themselves, the findings do not make good reading for the force.
In Professor Drew’s opinion the force missed many opportunities to prevent continuing abuse involving a very familiar group of alleged perpetrators. In his concluding remarks, Prof. Drew sets out what he considers to be the way forward and makes recommendations to ensure lessons are learnt.
Amongst his recommendations he suggested that the force creates a new Action Plan for dealing with child sexual exploitation. They need to also thoroughly review intelligence gathering arrangements to ensure leads or evidence are ciruclated “promptly and appropriately. Further that the force needs to standardise procedure for dealing with investigations.The current structure whilst much better than it was, still needs to be improved.
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