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Wirral grooming scandal report will not be made public

Posted on: November 16, 2017

Wirral grooming scandal report will not be made public

It has been revealed that the report from an inquiry into how two paedophile brothers ran a campaign of child sexual exploitation and abuse will not be made public.

Ilavarasan and Vinothan Rajenthiram groomed girls as young as 14 from their convenience shop in Wirral. The serious case review looked at council failings which allowed this and it had been revealed that the report will not be published prompting allegations of a “cover up.”

The decision not to publish the review has been taken by the local safeguarding board and independently of Wirral Council, with the decision being made in order to protect the identity of one of the victims.

Wirral Council denies any cover up has taken place, adding that: “It would be morally wrong, and absolutely illegal, to risk identifying the victim of a sexual crime.”

Council officials believe “there was no way to publish the report which did not lead to a high risk of this child being identified.”

An Ofsted inspection last year rated Wirral Council’s Children’s Services department as inadequate.

This led to Dr Maggie Atkinson, a leading expert in the field, being drafted in to overhaul the department.

But, at a meeting at Wallasey Town Hall last night it was revealed that the Serious Case Review, which has looked into the multiple failings of the council to protect victims from serious sexual assault at the hands of the Rajenthiram brothers will not be made public.

Cllr Paul Hayes, who was at the meeting, said: “We owe it to the victims of this tragic case to ensure that those who failed them are held accountable and that lessons are learnt, how could this possibly happen if this report remains secret and doesn’t see the light of day?

“Government guidelines are clear, reports such as this should be written so that victims cannot be identified but they should be published. The victims of these horrendous crimes should have their anonymity protected but the people in Wirral Council and other agencies who failed them should face public scrutiny. The decision to keep this report under lock and key will undoubtedly lead to accusations of a cover up.”
He added: “Wirral Council have already been condemned by OFSTED for failing the most vulnerable, if we are serious about ensuring children are protected the council should welcome public scrutiny of this report and I invite the Labour leadership of Wirral to join me in calling for its publication,”

Dr Maggie Atkinson stated, “This Serious Case Review examines – in great detail – the circumstances surrounding the sexual abuse of a child.

“It was my view, as chair of the safeguarding board and entirely independent of the council and all public agencies involved, that there was no way to publish the report which did not lead to a high risk of this child being identified.

“I could not countenance that risk. It would be morally wrong, and absolutely illegal, to risk identifying the victim of a sexual crime.”

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