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Complainant Name:
Ms Erica Leach

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent

Complaint:

This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

Ms Erica Leach complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article about officials from Rotherham Council who had gone on to work at other councils around the country. She said that the article misleadingly implied that she may have been partially to blame for the sexual exploitation which took place in Rotherham.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper appended the following note to the online article:

"The Independent now understands that Erica Leach, who is referred to above and who was employed by Rotherham council from 1986 to 2010 (including as a Child Protection Co-ordinator from 1998 to 2003) was a member of the Key Players group to which Professor Alexis Jay made reference in her report. The Key Players group had been established in the late ‘90s as a co-ordinating body across council services and is identified by Professor Jay's report as being one of the few examples of an operational response that met accepted definitions of best practice as understood at the time. The report notes: "We spoke to some members of the Key Players group, and gained the impression of dedicated professional people who understood the severity of the problem and were not listened to. We are glad to add this update.

Date Published: 07/11/2014



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