Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have met – just hours after the publication of a damning report into the way child sexual exploitation is tackled.
Chief Constable David Crompton and Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, met yesterday, a meeting they claimed had been scheduled for weeks.
But it was held hours after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary raised concerns over the differences in the way child sex abuse is tackled across the county.
Inspectors said efforts to tackle the issue had only yielded ‘mixed success’.
Leaked reports showed authorities had known about the issue for a decade, but failed to take action against child-sex-grooming gangs.
The inspectors concluded: “It is unarguably of paramount importance that all children in South Yorkshire receive the same high levels of protection.”
Norman Baker, crime prevention minister, said: “Child sexual exploitation is an abhorrent crime which this Government is determined to stamp out.
“I welcome the report from HMIC.
“We must all learn lessons from the past and this report shows how important it is for agencies to continually review and refine their approach.
“In the past, all too often, these crimes were largely hidden and now child sexual exploitation is rightly centre-stage as an issue we must tackle. We must work together to ensure victims are not left to suffer in silence and those who exploit them are brought to justice.”