Sheffield City Council is, “turning a blind eye “ to the sexual abuse of children, despite the scandal in the nearby town of Rotherham.
A charity that supports survivors of abuse and their families, the Swinton Lock Centre has said, “We are getting more and more families from Sheffield coming for help” and in their experiences Sheffield Council, “aren’t listening.” Jayne Senior is the manager of the charity and was the person who first revealed the child sexual abuse in Rotherham.
Kathryn Kelwick, the Post Abuse Services Manager at the centre has said;
“It is shocking to believe Sheffield is so close to Rotherham and this is happening to the extent it is. We are seeing authorities turning a blind eye.”
BBC Radio Sheffield has interviewed a woman who alleges that her daughters who were taken into care because “the local authority deemed she could not cope”, were sexually abused whilst in the Council’s care.
“I’ve spoken to the council but nothing happens.” The woman blamed a lack of oversight in children’s homes, saying:
“They can come and go as they please.” She also feared her children were not the only ones to have been allegedly abused whilst in council care.
In response to the allegation Sheffield City Council has made the following statement:
“We are in regular communication with mum in this case and have listened to her concerns. We have never ignored child sexual exploitation in Sheffield and do everything we can to prevent and tackle it. As soon as any child sexual exploitation concerns are identified we work with the police and other partners to provide support and care to protect young people from any further risks.”
Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Bates, from South Yorkshire Police, has commented, “We will always investigate all reports of sexual exploitation and we are absolutely committed to tackling this type of crime. I would encourage anyone whether you are suffering, or you have concerns about someone else, to please report it.”
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