Thanks to The Truth Hunter for the hat tip for this one.
It appears that the disgusting cover-up of Islamic noncing in Rochdale, Greater Manchester may have claimed its first scalp as the director of Children’s Services for Rochdale, Steve Garner, decided to fall on his sword and resign (probably before he was pushed). For me, being familiar to some extent with how local government works in Labour run disaster areas, it looks like this issue is going to really explode big time and the senior staff in Rochdale Children’s Services and the council as a whole are probably trying to put some distance between themselves and the consequences of their actions.
The Truth Hunter said:
“Rochdale council’s head of children’s services has resigned a week after a damning report into the care of victims of the town’s child sex grooming scandal.
Steve Garner, targeted services director for children, notified town hall staff of his decision this morning, we understand.
The council said he had handed in his resignation after a 29-page report by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Board exposed serious failings in the council’s treatment of victims who were in their care.
Nine men were jailed in May for exploiting girls as young as 13. The victims were routinely plied with drink and drugs and passed around for sex, a court heard.
Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The council is undertaking a review of Senior Management and the Service Director of Targeted Services has decided that the time is now right for him to move on to a new challenge.”
New challenge! That’s a choice comment that is! Lets just hope that YOUR town isn’t his next port of call for when he fancies a ‘challenge’. It would be like putting Gary Glitter in charge of a crèche.
The Truth Hunter added:
“Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The council is undertaking a review of Senior Management and the Service Director of Targeted Services has decided that the time is now right for him to move on to a new challenge.
“The last few years have been challenging and demanding for Children’s Social Care Services. The Service Director has been considering his options for some time, and following the Safeguarding Board’s thematic Review of Multi Agency Responses to Sexual Exploitation of Children, he believes the time is right to allow someone else to continue to take forward the recommendations.”
Mr Garner doesn’t seem to be leaving without the time-honoured custom of having his pockets stuffed with taxpayers cash being observed though.
The Truth Hunter continued:
“The payment made to the service director upon his leaving is no greater than the entitled contractual payments. The post of service director for targeted services has not been disestablished and therefore the payments made did not include a redundancy payment.”
Watching out to see where he goes next will be interesting, because although others in authority may trust him in a position of responsibility over the lives of vulnerable children and young people, I certainly don’t. Mind you there is probably another cushy and very well paid job available for him at some other crap Labour borough.
The Truth Hunter blog
Manchester Evening News – Children’s Services Head Resigns
Steve Hunter resigns to avoid disciplinary action
Rochdale Online’s take on story