Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grooming Probe Staff Face Action ; Council Says Up to 12 May Be Disciplined Social Workers Could Be Banned over Scandal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grooming Probe Staff Face Action ; Council Says Up to 12 May Be Disciplined Social Workers Could Be Banned over Scandal

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UP to a dozen council workers face disciplinary action over the Rochdale child grooming scandal, the M.E.N. can reveal. Social workers and managers are among those who could be sacked, suspended or receive formal warnings following a string of failures. The list includes social workers who have since left - who could potentially be banned from working elsewhere. In May, nine men were jailed after plying young girls with drink and drugs in order to sexually abuse them. A report into the case by Rochdale's Safeguarding Children board highlighted 'deficiencies' among frontline council staff. Town hall chief executive Jim Taylor has now said he is determined to find out what went wrong.

He ordered a full investigation when he took over the role in May.

A separate independent review is due to report back in the new year, but Mr Taylor said he did not want to wait before taking 'decisive action'. Mr Taylor told the M.E.N. other authorities with grooming cases - including Essex and Rotherham - are now turning to Rochdale for advice. …

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