Take advantage of the high public and political profile of child sex-crime thanks to the Savile scandal, recent events in Rochdale and The Met’s Operation Yewtree by petitioning the UK Government to conduct a multi-agency enquiry (details below – click on the highlighted text to go to the HM Government website where you can sign and share the petition). Don’t let this descend into a celebrity witch-hunt; or a BBC-bashing exercise – it’s too important for that.
Responsible department: Home Office
We the undersigned call for a full independent judicial Public Enquiry into organised Child Grooming, Child Prostitution and Paedophilia in the UK and the various responses to it by all Local Authorities, Social Services, relevant charities/NGO’s, Police, Crown Prosecution Services, Politicians and Government Ministers, Civil Servants and the Media with a view to full public transparency and accountability and to make recommendations to ensure this travesty never happens again.‘
And in case you’re still in any doubt of the scale of the problem, its cost in human misery and the degree of strategy and coorperation required to face up to it, here’s a link to a report for The Guardian by journalist Nick Davies. In the fourteen years since it was published, the rise of the www, ubiquitousness of mobile phones and near-universal access to social media have done much to make the sex-offenders’ predatory activities easier to realise and harder to detect. Scandals like Rochdale are strongly suggestive that much work still needs to be done by social services, law enforcement and government.