New report finds authorities ‘missed opportunities’ to shut down racist Muslim sex gang who operated for several years in Rochdale
How many people’s lives have been ruined as a result of Rochdale Council,Social Services, Greater Manchester Police and the CPS ignoring warnings about Muslim grooming gangs exploiting and abusing white schoolgirls in the area. There is a massive incompetence by all of them that there had been 127 warnings that white schoolgirls were being exploited for sex by these Muslim paedophiles.The fact that it wasnt just the odd mention either but from credible sources like the NHS who made 44 separate warnings to authorities. Even in the least experienced staff member with the lowest IQ that amount of warnings should have at least got the odd alarm bell ringing as to the scale of these crimes. Its bad enough brushing 1 instance of sexual abuse in aid of community cohesion under the carpet. Instead of pandering round Muslims like always Rochdale council social services and the Police should have been doing their jobs and coming down on those responsible like a ton of bricks making it clear it will not be tolerated. Instead By doing nothing what sort of message does it send out. The racist Muslim sex fiends who are committing these evil acts are already protected by the Muslim community’s wall of silence and constant denial of it being a problem.Then the authorities don’t want to know.No wonder its rife for these Muslim sex gangs up and down the country,other Muslim perverts see their mates getting away with it like untouchables n think ill have a bit of that.
Heads need to roll from all those involved, Somebody needs to be held accountable for the lives ruined !!!
Council and police had 127 warnings about sex abuse in town where Asian gang raped dozens of children, finds damning report
- Former Home Secretary Jack Straw says the Asian community is ‘in denial’ over issue of grooming young white women
- New report finds authorities ‘missed opportunities’ to shut down nine-man sex gang who operated for several years in Rochdale
- NHS warned Rochdale Borough Council and Greater Manchester Police on dozens of occasions over six years about sex abuse risks in the town
- Children abused were dismissed as prostitutes and told they were ‘making their own choices’, report finds
- Terrified victims approached police for help but were also ignored
- Calls for people involved to be ‘named, shamed and sacked’
- Former Home Secretary Jack Straw says ‘There is an issue of ethnicity here which can’t be ignored’
By MARTIN ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 09:50, 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:09, 27 September 2012
Vile: Shabir Ahmed was the ringleader of the gang of nine who attacked terrified children in Rochdale
A council and a police force received 127 warnings from NHS staff about children as young as 10 at risk of abuse and ‘missed opportunities’ to stop an Asian gang that raped dozens of vulnerable young girls over several years, it has been revealed.
Rochdale social services, police and the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to shut down the sex ring – turning a blind eye and dismissing victims as prostitutes, a damning report into the scandal has found.
Nine Asian men were jailed this year for between four and 19 years for grooming young white girls in and around the town – picking them up from the school gates and taking them to houses and flats to be plied with alcohol and drugs before being passed around for sex.
Forty-seven children were identified as victims of the exploitation that left many of their lives in tatters.
At least one of the terrified victims approached the police to tell them that they were being abused, but they were ignored and continued to be raped again in some cases.
The picture which emerges from the report by the local safeguarding board is one of vulnerable young girls who were being targeted for sexual abuse being written off by those in authority who believed the girls were ‘making their own choices’.
Former Home Secretary Jack Straw said race was an issue in these cases and the Asian community is in ‘denial’ about it.
‘There is an issue of ethnicity here which can’t be ignored,’ he said.
‘It is true that if you go into the sex offenders wings of prisons there are proportionally more white men than Asian men. But there’s also the separate issue of grouping in the Asian community.
‘It is also correct in terms of group grooming there is an ethnic dimension to this which typically is of Asian men on white girls.
‘That is an issue which has to be faced and addressed in the Asian community about what is going on there which leads to a sense of denial by them that all of this is going on.
‘These are small communities so people have a rough idea that there is a group of men who abusing white girls in this way.
‘That has to be dealt with there as well as obviously more effective policing.’
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Frightening: Dozens of children in Rochdale, pictured, were abused despite the authorities being repeatedly warned about them being at risk
Meanwhile, a Freedom of Information response showed that health workers made 83 formal attempts to tell Rochdale Borough Council they believed young people were being abused or were at risk between 2004 and 2010.
Greater Manchester Police also received 44 referrals from an NHS Crisis Intervention Team, the Guardian revealed.
The father of one of the victims said today: ‘This is what I’ve been saying for three years. The staff concerned should be named, shamed and sacked.
‘Their wrong-doing, their negligence, their mistakes, have ruined lives. If you do wrong in a job you should be sacked. They have not only done wrong, they have ruined lives.’
Patchy training of frontline staff, the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board (RBSCB) said was a key problem in not helping the tragic victims.
Their report also says: ‘Although, between 2009 and February 2012, some improvements had been consolidated, the review acknowledges there were missed opportunities, over the last five years, to safeguard children and young people who have been affected by sexual exploitation.
FATHER’S PAIN AT ABUSE OF HIS DAUGHTER BY SEX RING
The father of a victim of the Rochdale sex gang has called for the care workers who let his daughter down to be ‘named, shamed and sacked’ – after a report laid bare the extent of their failings.
Nine men were jailed in May after being found guilty of exploiting girls as young as 13 as part of a grooming ring.
A court heard how the victims were routinely plied with drink and drugs before being passed around for sex.
The dad of one of the victims said he welcomed the report – but said it told him nothing he didn’t already know.
He added: ‘This is what I’ve been saying for three years. The staff concerned should be named, shamed and sacked.
‘Their wrong-doing, their negligence, their mistakes, have ruined lives. If you do wrong in a job you should be sacked. They have not only done wrong, they have ruined lives.’
‘Activity to disrupt alleged offenders was developing on the ground but this was not always followed through at a more senior level.
‘The early investigations of crimes and the prosecution of alleged offenders were flawed.’
The review comes just days after it was revealed agencies in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were aware of extensive and co-ordinated abuse of white girls by some Asian men and detailed a range of offences for which no-one has been prosecuted.
Rochdale Council has said it has used the review’s findings to implement a catalogue of changes and improvements.
The report looked at how agencies including the council, police, NHS and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) worked between 2007 and 2012 to safeguard children and young people who were at risk of sexual exploitation.
The report, which specifically followed the treatment of one 15-year-old victim, says: ‘While some organisations were consistently supportive in their response, overall child welfare organisations missed opportunities to provide a comprehensive, co-ordinated and timely response and, in addition, the criminal justice system missed opportunities to bring the perpetrators to justice.’
Panel chairwoman Lynne Jones said: ‘We have responded to this review and improvements have been implemented. I believe organisations are working better together, sharing information to ensure children are protected and that perpetrators of these crimes are prosecuted.’
She added: ‘Raising awareness so that young people are better equipped to understand what is happening to them or their friends has been delivered to 10,000 young people.
‘Staff training has ensured that professionals are now more aware and able to respond appropriately.
‘We are also seeing stronger joint working on police operations to bring people to justice.’
The review also found:
- There were deficiencies in the way that children’s social care responded to the victims’ needs
- In children’s social care, the focus was on younger children at risk of abuse from family and household members, rather than on vulnerable adolescents
- Agencies which referred potential victims were said to be ‘frustrated’ that they were not ‘being adequately assessed and dealt with by the local authority’, and staff failed to escalate their concerns successfully
- There was a poor response by children’s social care to cases where children were at risk of sexual exploitation
Shame: The abuse of the gang began at two takeaways in the Heywood area of Rochdale, including the Balti House (pictured), which is under new ownership
Also under new ownership: The Tasty Bites takeaway – now renamed Bakar’s and sold on to new owners – was the other takeaway at the centre of the scandal
The gang of nine men received jail sentences of between four and 19 years in May from a judge who said they treated their victims ‘as though they were worthless and beyond any respect’.
Girls were given alcohol, food and money in return for sex but there were times when violence was used.
Police said the victims were from ‘chaotic’, ‘council estate’ backgrounds and as many as 50 girls could have been victims of the gang.
Simon Danczuk MP, representing Rochdale, said: ‘The Independent Safeguarding Board’s investigation confirms this culture within Rochdale council, as case files show social workers believed young girls who were raped were “making their own choices” and “engaging in consensual sexual activity”.
‘What this report shows is that young girls’ cries for help were systematically ignored and I’m in no doubt that the poor response by council services would have emboldened the criminal to make them think they could carry on abusing with impunity.’
Apology: Rochdale Borough Council’s social services department was heavily criticised in this latest report
He added: ‘They knew the girls had been to the police and social services and because nothing happened they must have thought ‘we can get away with raping girls for as long as we want’. This report only looks at one case and clearly shows a culture of neglect. The more thorough Serious Case Review I am sure will reveal an even worse picture.’
A chance to stop the gang was missed in 2008 and both the police and the CPS were forced to apologise for their failings.
Warning: Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, said the cries for help from the victims were systematically ignored
The first victim, who was 15 when the abuse began, told the police what had been happening to her in August 2008.
She specifically spoke of her abuse at the hands of two members of the gang who would later be jailed for four years.
Her complaint was not taken seriously and she carried on being abused by the gang until December 2008 when she fell pregnant and moved away.
Jim Taylor, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: ‘We must not forget these terrible acts were committed by criminals and I applaud the bravery of the young women for bringing these cases to court.
‘This review highlights that all agencies did not work together adequately and it is very clear that, in the past, council services missed opportunities to offer assistance. I deeply regret this.
‘The council accepts the findings of this review, which has shown deficiencies in our children’s social care service and, in parts, an unacceptable level of support.
‘There was more that could and should have been done to protect the victims when allegations first came to light.
‘Unacceptable practice is being investigated and dealt with in line with our procedures.
‘We are well aware of the issues the review raises and the way the council and its partners now approach the issue of child sexual exploitation has changed. We are now more able to intervene earlier and more robustly.’
The council’s own review of internal processes and procedures will be published next month.
Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson, Divisional Commander for Rochdale, said: ‘This report once again highlights the complex nature of child sexual exploitation and we acknowledge its findings.
‘We have already stated that there were issues with an initial inquiry into CSE in Rochdale in 2008.
‘However, the IPCC are currently supervising an investigation into that inquiry so it would be inappropriate for us to go into further details at this moment.
‘What we can say is that GMP’s (Greater Manchester Police’s) force-wide approach to child sexual exploitation and child abuse in general has changed significantly over the last few years.
‘What cannot be lost, however, is that we are talking about the abuse of children by adults and it is the criminals themselves who take ultimate responsibility for their actions.’
Co-defendants: Abdul Qayyum (left), 43, and Mohammed Amin (right) 45, were both jailed for five years for their part in the grooming. The gang’s 59-year-old ringleader, Shabir Ahmed was sentenced to 19 years in jail and can today finally be named after he was convicted of 30 child rapes in another case
Monsters: Abdul Aziz (left), 41, was given nine years for conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Mohammed Sajid (right), 35, received 12 years tor conspiracy, trafficking, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child
Dangerous: Hamid Safi (left), 22, was given four years for conspiracy and trafficking but not guilty of two counts of rape. Adil Khan (right), 42, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation
Ring: Kabeer Hassan (left), 25, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy and rape. Abdul Rauf (right), 43, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation and jailed for six years
Today’s report is only one of a number of reviews that are set to be published in the coming months, including the IPCC and a full Serious Case Review, due for publication in 2013.
‘ABUSE COULD BE WIDESPREAD ACROSS UK’ – SAYS FOSTER EXPERT
Failings that led to the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale could be ‘widespread’ within the social care system, a foster mother of over 100 children has warned.
Cathy Glass, a respected authority who has fostered more than 100 children over the last 25 years, said up to 10 percent of youngsters in her care had been left in an abusive environment for months, and sometimes years, before coming into care.
Her comments come just days after a report into a child grooming scandal in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Cathy is now calling on the Government to begin an ‘urgent review’ of the social care system in a bid to safeguard against further ‘avoidable tragedies’.
Glass, whose latest book ‘Another Forgotten Child’ highlights the true story of one young abuse victim, said: ‘Children have a right to be safe and in theory all the agencies and organisations responsible for child welfare such as social services, health visitors, GPs, teachers and police officers are there to ensure that this is the case.
‘Yet as the shocking Rochdale grooming case illustrates, children at risk of abuse continue to fall through the cracks of the care system for entirely avoidable reasons.
‘Having fostered over 100 children, I would estimate that around 10 per cent have come to me after being left in an abusive environment longer than they could, and should, have been.
‘This is a serious and shocking oversight which could be widespread within the English care system. The Government needs to address the root causes of these failings immediately.”
Richard Scorer, a solicitor for some of the abused girls, said it was ‘very likely’ they would be taking legal action against the authorities for failing to protect them.
Mr Scorer told ITV’s Daybreak programme the report was ‘very, very damning’, and highlighted ‘a whole catalogue of failings, mainly by Rochdale social services’.
He said: ‘I think based on the evidence in this report it is very likely that we will be going forward with legal action.
‘I think it is right that where social services have failed in this way that they are held properly to account.’
Asked whether the girls have been able rebuild their lives and come to terms with what happened to them, Mr Scorer said: ‘Of course they are deeply traumatised and distressed by these events, which have lasted over many years.
‘But they want to have the opportunity to rebuild their lives, the means, the wherewithal to do that, and that of course is part of the reason for bringing this case.
‘What they also want to see is some cultural change in social services and hopefully the report is the first stage of that, but they want to press home that point and the legal action is part of achieving that.’
He added: ‘I think there was a view in social services that somehow these girls were making their own choices about this.
‘The reality is that they were trapped in this situation. They were victims of violence and threats of violence, they were trapped in the situation, they couldn’t escape from it and they needed the help and support of social services and the police to do that.
‘Of course eventually that came, but it came many years too late.’
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