Rotherham Council’s director of children services has quit in the wake of the revelations that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the town.
Joyce Thacker had held the position since 2008. Previously she was the council’s deputy director of children’s services.
Her decision to leave follows a report by Professor Alexis Jay that found reports of child sexual abuse made between 1997 and 2013 had been ‘suppressed or ignored’ by senior figures in the council.
She had been under pressure to leave since the report was published last month, but had refused to resign when questioned by Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee.
Ray Jones, author of The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight, said the pressure on Thacker echoed the fallout from the death of Baby P.
“The media and political bullies are at it again,” he said. “With no regard for proper process another children’s services director has been hounded out of her post.
“Media intimidation remains in action and pompous national politicians grandstand without the courage to be measured and to stand out against the media.
“None of this will make it any easier to recruit and retain a workforce to protect children in the future if, without a due and proper process, their continued employment can be made untenable.”