Three major reviews into how agencies in South Yorkshire manage child sexual exploitation offences past and present have been commissioned by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.
The news comes after four women announced plans to sue Rotherham Council for ‘systemic failures to protect them from sexual abuse by predatory men’ when they were children.
The first review will be carried out by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary who will conduct a review of the process and structures currently in place in South Yorkshire to investigate allegations of CSE.
Secondly, he has asked the Chief Constable to set up an additional team of detectives and other specialists to investigate allegations of historic child abuse in South Yorkshire.
And he has also asked the Chief Crown Prosecutor to conduct a similar review of all those historic cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service was involved in considering whether charges should be brought.
Commissioner Wright said: “There can be no greater priority for me than ensuring that people most vulnerable in society are properly supported, cared for and protected from harm.
“I made this my priority in my manifesto when I was elected nine months ago and I have invested millions of pounds into the police and other organisations specifically to improve the service provided to victims of such crimes.
“Recent events have highlighted the reality that children were, and continue to be, exploited for the purposes of sexual gratification.”