Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary calls for South Yorkshire Police to refer themselves to IPCC over failings in Rotherham
Yvette Cooper MP said:
“A week after the devastating report into Rotherham, two months after an over-arching inquiry was announced and two years after we first called for this inquiry, it really is urgent to get it going. We still have no chair, no expert panel and no fixed terms of reference. For the sake of children and young people the Government must stop dragging its feet on this and get this underway immediately.
“More also still needs to be done to follow up the report in Rotherham - including making sure there is much more support for the 1400 victims whose lives have been traumatised by the abuse. “Action is still needed to pursue the abusers and criminals who have raped and traumatised so many young people.
“Although the Jay report has looked into the failings in Rotherham council, we still don’t know why South Yorkshire Police failed young girls so badly. “There is no doubt that South Yorkshire Police did not properly investigate all the allegations that were reported. Victims and the local community need to know that this will not happen again.
The Chief Constable should refer his force to the IPCC for independent investigation of what happened. And it is further evidence that the IPCC isn’t strong enough that it can’t launch its own investigation. “And we also need to know that proper action is being taken in the council and the police to hold people to account for serious failures.
“For the future, the law needs to be strengthened so that there is a mandatory requirement to report suspected abuse. “And other towns and cities need to take a searching look at their own child protection. This is not just about Rotherham, Oxfordshire, Rochdale or Savile. The Children’s Commissioner has made clear that too many victims are being ignored and child sexual exploitation is taking place everywhere across the country.”