Miliband calls for “overarching inquiry into child abuse” – and repeats call for Shaun Wright to step down

30th August, 2014 11:18 am

Ed Miliband Andy Coulson

Ed Miliband has released a statement this morning on the Rotherham child abuse scandal, in which he re-iterates calls for Shaun Wright to resign as South Yorkshire PCC. However, Miliband has gone further today, calling for an “overarching inquiry into child abuse” to examine what went wrong not just in Rotherham, but “in different institutions, in different parts of the country and stretching across different decades”. Here’s the statement in full:

This week’s report into the child abuse scandal in Rotherham was devastating.

Large numbers of young people were systematically abused and then let down by those who should have protected them.

Roger Stone did the right thing in resigning as Leader of the Rotherham Council.

But it shouldn’t end there.

Those people in positions of responsibility at the time should be held to account. They include Shaun Wright who should step down as South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The case now is overwhelming for the Government to get an overarching inquiry into child abuse up and running.

We have seen scandals of child abuse in different institutions, in different parts of the country and stretching across different decades.

An overarching inquiry has been delayed too long and needs to get moving as fast as possible to start listening to all those who have been let down by a system set up to protect them.

Alongside the inquiry, it is of vital importance that we kick start a culture change in child protection that leads to a stronger system that will keep our children safe.

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  • Tokyo Nambu

    Miliband might like to have a conversation with the people in Rotherham CLP who proposed Wright. Was he really the best they had? If he was, then the constituency party should be dissolved and reformed. It’s hard to imagine how toxic for Labour it is going to be that the whole hierarchy of abuse is Labour councillors, Labour PCCs, Labour leaders.

    • PoundInYourPocket

      Major sinners in this are also the child service managers / council executives / Ofsted and S.Yorks police. It isn’t by any means just Labour councillors. My reading of the Jay report tells me that primary failures are at the foot of S.Yorks police who failed to adequately investigate complaints of child rape and abuse. But Labour shouldn’t push this into the long grass, it needs investigating in full.

      • jaime taurosangastre candelas

        Ofsted? I thought they only looked at schools. Are they a social investigatory service as well?

        I do agree with the rest of your views, and in particular the “drill-down” enquiry.

        • PoundInYourPocket

          Ofsted seem to inspect everything now, including local authority child social services. The Jay report (section 13.26) quotes the 2006 Ofsted (Joint Area Review) report that stated of Rotherham’s child protection services:
          “it appeared that vulnerable children and young people are kept safe from abuse and exploitation” words that will give Shaun Wright much comfort.

      • Nick London

        Couldn’t agree more,

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      Do you expect anything else from single party politics and a “community” that is in fact directed by a small coterie of “elders”? The majority of voters appear to have been hit repeatedly by the stupid shovel, which does not help.

      • Tokyo Nambu

        The Pakistani community in Rochdale is not sufficient to exert substantial control over the party, unlike in (say) Birmingham. Labour monopoly on power is down to the white community voting tribally. It’s those white voter’s children who were raped. They might reflect on it.

  • PoundInYourPocket

    Bland nonesense – as Sir Humphrey would say – this will kick accountability off into the long grass. It’s not an “over-arching” inquiry that’s needed, it’s a specific Rotherham “drill-down” inquiry that’s needed so we know precisely who failed to act and why. Followed by resignations and prosecutions. Whenever the Tokyo subway was more than 3 minutes late those responsible would have to spend the day writing self-flagellating letters of apology. If there are no consequences there’s no accountability and no responsibility.

    • andagain

      250,000 people live in Rotherham. That suggests that there were 30-40,000 teenage girls available to be serially raped in Rotherham in the last 16 years. Of these, at least 1400 were so raped.

      That is one in twenty-five.

      I agree with you. I want to know what was going on in Rotherham.

      And what sort of person was raped and in what circumstances. What does life look like, from their point of view?

    • Ben Cobley

      Well said. We need to understand what is really going on to be able to deal with it. Some of those who are accountable are blaming it on ‘society’ etc, when they have been taking their constituents’ money to be accountable for it. This is unacceptable. Some thoughts here: http://afreeleftblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/theres-no-getting-away-from-it.htmld0

    • Ben Cobley

      Well said. We need to understand what is really going on to be able to
      deal with it. Some of those who are accountable are blaming it on
      ‘society’ etc, when they have been taking their constituents’ money to
      be accountable for it. This is unacceptable, and our liberal-left ideologies of diversity do share the blame. Some thoughts here: http://afreeleftblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/theres-no-getting-away-from-it.html

  • wycombewanderer

    “However, Miliband has gone further today, calling for an “overarching
    inquiry into child abuse” to examine what went wrong not just in
    Rotherham, but “in different institutions, in different parts of the
    country and stretching across different decades”

    Does that include all the labour councils that he is ultimately the leader of?

    Somehow i doubt it and this is just trying to deflect attention away from the failure of yet another labour council.

    Why isn’t he calling for the resignations of every member of his party who knew what was going on but leant on social services and the police so as to not ‘rock the boat’?

  • markmyword49

    Isn’t the Coalition trying to find someone to chair something similar?

    Won’t make any difference. “Rotherhams” will still happen. Children will die and be abused because of shortcomings in the system. Those charged with protecting the vulnerable are human and will make mistakes, be overstretched or not be up to the job. There won’t be the money to properly fund the services regardless of the recommendations whichever party is in government.

    The UK is getting better at protecting the vulnerable but there’s still a long way to go.

  • Steve Stubbs

    I need to lie down. I find myself in agreement with a champagne socialist.

  • Daniel Speight

    Miliband is right on one thing. Ever since Butler-Sloss was found wanting to head the historical child abuse inquiry nothing seems to have happened. Is it really that hard to find a chairman or chairwoman who isn’t connected with pedophiles or covering up for them? Has our political class and judiciary become so corrupted that there is not an honest man or woman to be found?

  • Doug Smith

    The danger with any inquiry is that it may follow the Chilcott example of allowing vital exclusions.

    Also, as with Chilcot, publication would most likely be delayed to protect the Establishment and prevent electoral blowback in 2015.

  • Dave Roberts

    You are all wrong. Noting was done because of the climate of political correctness which has polluted and stunted discourse in this country for the last forty years. This problem was raised by the former MP for Keighly Ann Cryer in 2002, twelve years ago. She gives the details in a long article on page 5 of today’s Observer.

    She quotes former MP for Rotherham Denis MacShane as saying this after admitting that he might not have done enough about child sexual exploitation by Asian men in his constituency because he was a ” Guardian reading liberal leftie “.

    Interestingly she also brought up the subject with Ken Livingstone about which she says this. ” Ken was convinced I ad got it all wrong. He was so politically correct, he was off this planet at that time, was Ken”

    • Nick London

      Couldn’t agree more. This has been a blind spot for us. It has led councils to expose vast numbers of vulnerable people to risk. It will destroy any confidence of working class people in this party unless we wake up. Already has. Despite oxford, derby, Rotherham etc etc etc though I still see plenty of evidence in these pages that labour people don’t want to acknowledge the issue. This is the Labour Party. Why allow liberal sensibilities to get in the way of defending the poorest in our society? Didn’t notice the same people ducking the issue of paedophiles in the Catholic Church.

  • David Lewis

    The cowardice of State employees and their terror of losing their huge incomes and pensions and even more huge expenses is the basis of the terrible price the county is paying for the .employment of liberal leftist officials.

    That is all it is, and that is the cause of everything which has happened in Rotherham, Birmingham and all the other areas we are about to hear about..

  • David Lewis

    Now he calls for an enquiry? I bet he hopes there won’t be one.

  • ToffeeCrisp

    “Miliband has gone further today, calling for an “overarching inquiry into child abuse” ”

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    We are seriously in the crap and we haven’t got a bloody clue how to get out of it!
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  • Nick London

    Has the article about suspension of 4 Labour members been censored off the site? I can see it any longer in the news section.

  • Stan

    I hope MP’s will also be brought to account. Barry Sheerman all over the media recently saying that more could have and should have been done, even by himself. If that is the case he should step down at the next election and name and shame others and let’s get rid of them too.

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