A horrific catalogue of protracted and highly organised sexual abuse’ led to 1,400 children in Rotherham being regularly sexually exploited, raped and trafficked by gangs of men over many years.
Over a third of the children involved were already known to social services because of child protection and neglect. Human rights law requires authorities to conduct an independent investigation into incidences of abuse. So, the Jay Report, released in 2014, investigated and documented the full extent of the Rotherham abuses. The Jay Report’s revelations, while agonizing, have helped to ensure that Rotherham’s police and social services implement changes so that something like this never goes uninvestigated again. While it was too late to undo the damage done to the 1,400 children, inquiries like this holds the authorities to account and will help to prevent future cases of abuse.