1.6 Within children's social care(1), the sexual exploitation of young people was first recognised as a Executive Director in 2001, though there were many known cases of CSE in the years before then. Risky Business would refer to children's social care any young person who gave rise to serious concerns and might require statutory intervention. Between 2001 and 2002, Risky Business participated in a Home Office research pilot whose aim was to find out the most effective approaches to street prostitution. Local agencies challenged the content of the draft report produced in 2002 and questioned its evidence base. While it commended Rotherham’s training and fostering programmes, the draft research report contained significant criticisms of the Police and the local authority.
(1) The term ‘children’s social care’ is used throughout the report to
refer to the social services provided to children and young people.
These had various departmental titles over the years, and are now named
Children and Young People’s Services.