Below I have attached an e-mail that I have sent today to senior members of staff of Liverpool City Council about a report leaked to the media about the failure to deal properly with child sexual abuse in the city. I am asking the Council to reply to me both directly and at the Childrens’s services committee on Wednesday. I am also asking the Mayor to make a statement on this issue at the council meeting in 14th September.
It is appalling that this matter has not already been fully dealt with by Councillors of all Parties. We should not have to find out about things like this from press leaks.
I will post here any replies I get.
From: Richard Kemp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 4 September 2016 at 18:24:30
Cc: Malcolm KELLY <email@example.com.
Subject: Recent joint inspectorate report on children’s sexual abuse
I have read in the media and been contacted by the media about a recent report form the joint inspectorates in the above subject.
I have looked at both cabinet and children’s services committee agendas and I am u able to find any mention of this report.
I would be grateful if you would let Cllr Kelly our spokesperson and I have a copy of this report forthwith.
Do you intend to table the report to the children’s services committee on Wednesday 7th September? In my view a report as serious as this should be tabled as a matter of urgency.
I give notice of the following questions that I am now tabling to that committee via Chris Walsh:
1. When did the council, NHS and Police service receive the report?
2. Why has it not been shared with senior politicians of all parties on the council?
3. When Cllr Kushnahan says that this report has been accepted by the council who has accepted it?
4. Has any officer or politician accepted any responsibility for the failure to implement most of the recommendations of the previous report of 2014?
5. Has the Mayor and/or cabinet member met the Police Commissioner to discuss this report?
6. What meetings have been held at officer level of the organisations concerned? Would you make minutes of that meeting(s) available?
7. Has the Chief Executive been involved in these discussions?
8. How many children are at risk because of the failure of the agencies to carry out the recommendations of 2014?
9. Would this matter have been reported into the system publicly if it had not been leaked to the media?
10. Do you have within the council staff capable of dealing with the serious issues involved?
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE