Documents relating to the inspection into the governance of Rotherham council.
This page collates all the publications relating to Louise Casey’s best value inspection of Rotherham metropolitan borough council, conducted under section 10 of the Local Government Act 1999.
Professor Alexis Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham was commissioned by the council in October 2013 and published on 26 August 2014. Covering the periods of 1997 to 2013, it looked at how Rotherham’s Children’s Services dealt with child sexual exploitation cases. The report found evidence of sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham in this period.
Given the serious failings highlighted by the Jay report, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, appointed Louise Casey CB on the 10 September 2014 to carry out an inspection of Rotherham in relation to the exercise of its functions on governance, children and young people and taxi and private hire licensing.
Louise Casey’s report was published on 4 February 2015. She also wrote to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the 27 January 2015 and 3 February 2015.
After careful consideration, the Secretary of State made an oral statementin the House of Commons on 4 February 2015 in which he confirmed that he is considering exercising his powers of intervention in relation to Rotherham. The department has also written to the council setting out the details of the intervention package the Secretary of State is proposing.
The council now has 14 days to make representations on Louise Casey’s report and the Secretary of State’s intervention proposals. The Secretary of State will carefully consider any such representations before taking any decision about how to proceed.