Another right wing group is to march through Rotherham to protest at the shocking sexual abuse of teenagers preyed upon by Pakistani men in the town.
Around 200 Britain First supporters are expected to stage a demonstration on Saturday as police chiefs work around the clock to make the series of improvements demanded by Her Majesty’s Inpectorate of Constabulary following an inspection of the force’s child protection work.
Inspectors said they were pleased with a ‘significant increase’ in police child protection teams and additional training given to those in specialist roles.
But they criticised the force for a series of child protection failings and said ‘protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake’.
They wrote: “While it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for vulnerable children, police forces, working together and with other agencies, have a particular role in protecting children and ensuring that their needs are met.
“Police officers are often the eyes and ears of the community as they go about their daily tasks and come across children who may be neglected or abused. They must be alert to and identify children who may be at risk.”
Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee, said the force was working hard to improve its child protection work.
The inspectors, who examined a selection of child protection cases, highlighted some concerns.
In two cases where children were reported missing, inspectors assessed police action as ‘inadequate’.
In one case staff from a care home reported that three young girls were at an older man’s flat but it took officers 11 hours to find them.
On another occasion three young girls in a Doncaster care home were becoming embroiled in ‘risky behaviour’ and it was decided they should be split up.
In the month it took for them to be separated, the girls were repeatedly reported missing and found drunk and under the influence of drugs.
They had also been sexually assaulted by a number of men.
Inspectors wrote: “Although officers knew and were concerned that the girls continued to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, they reported a sense of helplessness and did not escalate their concerns to senior officers.
“There was also insufficient action taken against the men who were exploiting the girls, such as investigating their behaviour, monitoring their activities or identifying other children who might be in contact with them - even though police knew that these men were likely to pose a risk to other children.”