Bradford is doing enough to protect vulnerable young people, investigation finds

Bradford Town Hall

The city’s children’s service was called ‘a beacon of good service’ by top authorities last night following concerns that a number of children of children across the city were at risk of being abused.

The Children’s Services Committee was praised by the city’s safeguarding board after the investigation was triggered upon the revelation that around 100 children faced a real threat of being groomed in Bradford.

Concerns were raised after 14,000 children were abused in Rotherham over a 16-year-period and authorities there failed to prevent it.

Former Liberal Democrat Councillor, Geoff Reid, told BCB that the safety of city’s children was an issue that went beyond politics.

He said: “We still need to recognise that while social workers and the police have their part to play, elected members, as key members of their communities, must always be prepared to challenge one another, inside and outside their own parties.”

Conservative Councillor, Malcolm Sykes, who chairs the Children’s Services Committee, said the authority would put child protection at the top of their agenda.

He said: “My committee will be unrelenting in the way we seek answers and information on this issue, from today on this will be at the top of our agenda.”

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