Rochdale social services, police and the Crown Prosecution Service failed to shut down organised sex ring – turning a blind eye and dismissing victims as prostitutes.
Nine Asian men were jailed this year for between four and 19 years for grooming young white girls in and around Rochdale. Girls were often taken from school gates and given alcohol, food and money in return for sex but there were times when violence was used.
A report into the investigation found that the local council and police force received 127 warnings from NHS staff in the years up to and including 2010, about children as young as 10 at risk of abuse.
The review came four months after the nine Asian men were convicted of the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Heywood and Rochdale.
As many as 47 children were identified as victims of the exploitation and it has been said that cries for help from the victims themselves were repeatedly ignored.
Deficiencies in the way social care responded to victims needs was put down to ‘patchy’ training of frontline staff according to the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board.
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