‘I’ve had a few’ in Rotherham grooming scandal
In a bid to curb the grooming scandal engulfing Rothersham, the Rothersby Borough Council has banned all children under the age of 18 from using florals or other traditional plants to decorate their homes.
Rotherham Borough Council leader, Councillor Sam Tufnell, said the ban was aimed at curbing the problem.
“This is an important step to put an end to the grooming that is sweeping the country,” he said.
“The Rotherhams are known as a cosmopolitan city and we are looking to prevent the spread of grooming and other harmful behaviour in the borough.”
The ban was introduced last week and will last until February 10.
Council leader Councillors Tufell and Mr Tufele say the ban will help tackle the problem of “social desexualisation” of children.
“I don’t want our children to have to choose between their own safety and that of others,” Mr Tuffele said.
“We need to stop grooming.
We need to look after the vulnerable.
I think this is a step in the right direction.”
But there are also concerns the ban is not strong enough, with some saying it will lead to fewer children going to school.
Rutland-based social worker, and Rotheram resident, Jane Wilson said the council’s policy was “not very effective” and suggested the ban could be strengthened further.
“It’s not a ban, it’s just an attempt to keep kids away from traditional plants, which can be harmful to children,” she said.
Randy Johnson, who has been campaigning against the grooming crackdown for many years, said he was “very disappointed” by the decision.
“We are very much looking forward to our children being able to visit their local park in their favourite shade of pink and brown, and to the lovely outdoors and natural beauty of our countryside,” Mr Johnson said.
The Rorchester-based local authority has been criticised for the lack of action by campaigners and local councils in recent weeks, with the Rorrisby Borough council having a public meeting on grooming last week.
The council has said it has identified a number of “significant problems” with the grooming and child safety initiatives that it is working on.
“There is a clear need for change in our approach to tackling grooming, and the community needs to get behind this,” Rorrimsby Mayor Dave Thomas said in a statement.
The Local Government Association has also criticised the council for not taking a stronger stance against grooming, but has said the group is still committed to supporting the Roverrsby Borough.
“Local authorities are a vital part of society, so we remain committed to ensuring that Roverrsham has a vibrant and diverse local community and community leaders who understand the problems of grooming,” the LGA said in its statement.
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