Council takes back control of children’s services
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
Directors call for more cash to tackle roots of domestic abuse
The president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has called on the Government to provide councils with sustainable funding so that they can invest in the prevention of the domestic abuse of children.
Council apologises to child abuse victims
Rochdale MBC has apologised to victims of child abuse ahead of what is likely to be a critical investigation by an independent national inquiry.
What went wrong in Rotherham
Sam Clayden analyses the findings of six independent investigations delving into alleged failures at Rotherham MBC at the height of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
The Rotherham Reports
Rotherham MBC has published six independent investigations in direct response to the findings of the Jay and Casey reports into child sexual exploitation in the town between 1997 to 2013.
Rotherham was alerted to taxi-CSE link - report
Rotherham MBC officers did not have ‘sufficient resources, systems or policies’ to adequately investigate concerns about taxi licensing, a report has found.
Rotherham MBC neglected child welfare, report finds
Rotherham MBC's children’s services department was not ‘child focused at all times,' an investigation commissioned by the council in response to a historical child sexual exploitation report has found.
Rotherham MBC 'did not investigate' alleged removal of CSE files
Rotherham MBC failed to investigate claims of stolen files and deleted computer records relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) at the height of the scandal, an independent investigation has found.
Rotherham officers 'missed opportunities' to uncover CSE
Senior officers at Rotherham MBC between 1997 and 2013 missed opportunities to uncover the scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report examining their roles and performance has found.
Working together to bring CSE justice in Newcastle
In the wake of the shocking sexual exploitation cases in Newcastle, Heather Jameson talks to Pat Ritchie, the council's chief executive, about the challenges of working effectively with police, supporting victims and preventing future crimes.
Newcastle chief's warning after convictions
The chief executive of Newcastle City Council has warned other areas face similar issues after 18 sex offenders were convicted in a series of trials.
Lambeth accused of U-turn over compensation for abuse survivors
The chairman of an influential child abuse survivors group has accused Lambeth LBC of a U-turn over the £60m redress scheme designed to compensate local victims.
Ex-leader suspended as judge continues probe
Labour has suspended former Bury MBC leader, Cllr Mike Connolly, while investigations continue into alleged child protection failures at the authority.
Javid: Steady improvement at Rotherham
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans to return further powers to Rotherham MBC following ‘steady improvement’ at the authority.
Jersey children 'may still be at risk'
The Haut de la Garenne children’s home on Jersey should be demolished, a report into child abuse on the island has concluded.
Chief resigns ahead of crunch hearing
Bury MBC’s suspended chief executive, Mike Owen, resigned ahead of this week’s hearing into his handling of historical child abuse allegations.
Second victims group quits sex abuse inquiry
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.
CSE still 'massive challenge'
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is still a ‘massive’ challenge for councils and should not be treated as ‘last year’s policy,’ a former Home Office expert has warned.
Carlton steps in after retirement
Stuart Carlton has been appointed director of children’s services for North Yorkshire CC following Pete Dwyer’s retirement this summer after four years in the role.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.