Warwickshire leaders call summit after Rotherham abuse cases

Warwickshire Police Commissioner Ron Ball
Warwickshire Police Commissioner Ron Ball

The Police Commissioner and leader of Warwickshire County Council have called a summit to look at the area’s safeguarding measures after the news of the abuse cases in Rotherham.

Ron Ball and Cllr Izzi Seccombe will be meeting today (Thursday) to consider the checks and balances on the current safeguarding measures in place in Warwickshire.

A recent report revealed that around 1,400 children had been sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period.

The report found that in more than a third of cases the youngsters were already known to agencies. It said there had been “blatant” collective failures by the council’s leadership.

Mr Ball and Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “We are profoundly shocked and saddened by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham, who were failed by the very people that were meant to protect them.

“The fact that such abominable acts were allowed to go undetected is beyond disturbing.

“We held a joint summit to consider the checks and balances processes that form part of our safeguarding procedures in Warwickshire, which brought together the County Council, Police Commissioner and the police force.

“Whilst we have every confidence in our robust safeguarding teams, our police force and social workers, it is vital for each and every one of us to learn the lessons of Rotherham to ensure we protect and safeguard our young people.”

Further discussion on preventing child sex exploitation will take place at the next public scrutiny meeting on Monday September 15.