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8 February 2024 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Unveiling Justice: The Rochdale Grooming Scandal


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In this episode of HJ Talks About Abuse, we confront the uncomfortable truths surrounding exploitation and injustice. In this gripping episode, hosts delve into the harrowing saga of the Rochdale Grooming Scandal, a tragic tale of systemic failures and unimaginable suffering.

For years, vulnerable children in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, were subjected to the depravity of grooming gangs who exploited their innocence with drugs and alcohol before subjecting them to horrific abuse. Despite repeated warnings and desperate pleas for help, statutory agencies like Greater Manchester Police and Rochdale Council failed to intervene effectively, leaving children to endure unimaginable trauma.

The recent independent review, commissioned by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, has laid bare the extent of these failures, highlighting a culture of neglect and incompetence that allowed perpetrators to operate with impunity. Despite the bravery of whistleblowers like Sara Rowbotham and Maggie Oliver, justice remained elusive for many victims, with their voices silenced by a system that prioritised reputation over protection.

Join us as we dissect the findings of the Rochdale Grooming Scandal, exploring the urgent need for accountability and reform within our systems of child protection. Through candid conversations and expert insights, we shine a light on the darkness, amplifying the voices of survivors and demanding justice for the wronged.

Listen to “HJ Talks About Abuse” as we navigate through the complexities of the Rochdale Grooming Scandal, advocating for change and standing in solidarity with those who have been betrayed by those meant to protect them. #RochdaleScandal #ChildProtection #Justice 🎙️

Author bio

Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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