Today I have written to the Mayor of Liverpool suggesting that he needs to respond to what is coming out of Rotherham and the implications that it might have for Liverpool. I understand that following my letter Mayor Anderson has made a statement but at the time of posting this I have been unable to get a copy.
I want to make it clear that I making no suggestions about Mr Fitzgerald or suggesting any specifc actions that should be taken. I do feel however that as Mr Fitgerald’s involvement has been made public then he should be given the right to respond to what has been said publicy.Indeed I think he has a public duty to respond.
16, Dovedale Road,
Liverpool L18 1DW
Liverpool City Council,
29th. August 2014
Re: Ged Fitzgerald and Rotherham
I am sure that you will have been as concerned as I have been about the affairs that have been unravelling before our eyes over the past few days about the Children’s Services in Rotherham.
I understand from the press that the Current Chief Executive of Rotherham has forwarded a copy of the report to all councils where former Rotherham senior staff are working.
I note also that the current President of Solace made clear that it was the responsibility of current employers of such staff to investigate what those staff members did whilst in Rotherham and also to examine whether that has implications for their current employers.
On that basis I would be grateful if you would let me know:
- Whether you have yet received the report;
- Whether you have yet been able to study it; and
- How you intend to take forward the suggested investigation.
I believe it is particularly important that such a review should take place quickly for 2 reasons
i) Professor Jay said that the content of the report which Mr Fitzgerald thought was, “anecdotal, used partial information and was methodologically unsound” was largely accurate and that children could have been protected if the report had been taken seriously. This could have implications for the way information is viewed and used within our own Council by senior staff; and
ii) In October Mr Fitzgerald is due to become the President of SOLACE, the Professional body for Chief Executives and other senior council staff and therefore the public face of all Chief Officers in England. It would clearly help him to have questions about his tenure in Rotherham cleared up before and if he assumes that role.
I look forward to hearing from you your proposals in this matter.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats