Statement from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, in response to 'The Betrayed Girls' documentary about child sexual exploitation.
Following the BBC programme ‘The Betrayed Girls’, aired on Monday evening, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:
“Sexual exploitation and abuse of children is utterly abhorrent and, in my view, must always face the full force of the law.
“As Mayor, I want a culture of zero tolerance towards exploitation and abuse, where we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve how we identify those at risk, investigate reports and prosecute those responsible. The victims deserve nothing less.
“Significant work has been done across the partners during the last few years, particularly in Rochdale, where services are now recognised as representing some of the best practice nationally.
“The broadcast on Monday night raised a number of serious historical issues. I know that there have already been reviews and investigations in the past but I want to be able to assure myself and, by extension, the public of Greater Manchester that everything possible has been done to protect children today and in the future and prevent any repeat. That is why I have asked Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, to look at the issues raised in the programme, to ensure that the changes made have brought about the necessary improvements and report back to me with her findings.”