LIVE Authorities questioned at first public meeting since release of damning Oldham child sex abuse report

Authorities are being questioned tonight as an extraordinary council meeting is set to be held to discuss the findings of a damning report looking at the district’s child sexual exploitation.

For the first time since it was published a week ago, residents and councilors will be able to question the authority’s chief and Chief Superintendent, Chris Bowen, District Commander for Oldham of Greater Manchester Police, from 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center and will also be broadcast on the Council’s website.

The review, conducted by experts Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgway, found vulnerable children had failed despite efforts to protect them between 2011 and 2014. You can read more about the report here.

CONTINUE READING ‘I’m sorry for the injury and the ongoing trauma…there are no excuses’: Sexually exploited children in Oldham have been abandoned by those charged to protect them, finds a damning report

A specific 2005 case involving “Sophie,” a 12-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped, is being investigated because of the way authorities handled investigations into her stranger assaults and because of of the failure to heavily criticized action when it was maintained online.

The Liberal Democrats opposition group has already confirmed that its members will tonight call for staff who have failed in the past to deal with vulnerable girls to be held accountable. There is expected to be considerable public participation, with protesters expected to take positions outside as well.

Follow our live blog below. Reporter Charlotte Green is at the meeting and will bring you the latest updates. LIVE Authorities questioned at first public meeting since release of damning Oldham child sex abuse report

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