The publication of the Rochdale child sex abuse report replaces the “culture of hopelessness” with the the more familiar culture of passing the buck (video)

Rochdale council, Greater Manchester Police and fifteen other agencies failed to protect the children of Rochdale from torture and rape and yet, as you can see in the report, the GMP continues to blame the abused.  GMP’s chief constable at the time , Sir Peter Fahy, says that he is not ashamed that his untrained detectives failed to report allegations of rape as crimes.  Instead he told Channel 4 News today that he has “every sympathy for the officers” involved in the case.  Earlier he told the BBC that the girls “did not recognise themselves as victims” and that there were “weaknesses in social services” but absolutely fails to accept responsibility for the GMP’s role in this shameful event.

Rochdale Abuse Victim Cant Trust The Police

Meanwhile the children who suffered at the hands of the depraved paedophiles have lost their childhood, their education and have little chance of leading normal lives.  Some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but despite the horrors that they have been through the actions of the councils and police service have left them isolated and without proper after care or support.  To hear just how badly these child victims were treated by those purporting to be their protectors listen to this investigation by Radio 4’s File on 4 from March:

If you think that those responsible for these atrocious failings have been summarily dismissed or at least did the honourable thing and resigned – think again.  In an all too familiar outcome, those operating at the highest levels who should take responsibility for their failure to protect defenceless children from sexual exploitation by predatory paedophiles are being allowed to retain their positions (and associated six figure salaries and benefits).  As you can see in my post from July this dishonourable practice is happening across the country.  Our child protection services seem to be filled with incompetent and dishonourable vermin who for all the protection they provide are little better than the paedophiles themselves.

As of today, Joanna Simons remains in post as the CEO of Oxfordshire County Council, even though she was criticised for failing the children of Oxford and accepted that she had responsibility for not listening to the victims.  Similarly, Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police refused to resign for her part in allowing the abuse to continue by failing to investigate accusations made to the police by victims of abuse.

Lack of responsibility and dishonourably clinging-on to their positions.  It is time that we demanded that these people are removed from office; they have failed and our children are suffering every day with the consequences of those failures.



NSPCC                    Tel: 0808 800 5000
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 3344 or 999 in an emergency

*There is help available for adult survivors of childhood abuse online however I am not in a position to highlight any individual organisation

About the Jillings Report:

Published on 8 Jul 2013

A report written 17 years ago, has finally been published, identifying long-term “extensive” abuse at children’s homes in north Wales during the 1970s through to the 1990s.

Abuse allegations at several children’s homes, including the former Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham, emerged in the 1990s. An inquiry by John Jillings was carried out in 1996 but shelved due to fears there would be compensation claims.

The 300-page report was initially written in 1996 after it was commissioned by the former Clwyd County Council, which covered the areas now represented by Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham councils.

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