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Fourth official resigns after Rotherham scandal.

ROTHERHAM'S director of children's services has resigned in the wake of the report which detailed how at least 1,400 children had been subjected to sexual abuse in the town.

Joyce Thacker has been under pressure to step down since the publication of the Jay Report.

Rotherham Council confirmed Mrs Thacker "is to leave Rotherham Borough Council by mutual agreement, with immediate effect".

Mrs Thacker, who was the deputy director of children's services before she headed the department from 2008, has been at the centre of the controversy sparked by the Jay Report, which highlighted the widespread exploitation of children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Earlier this month she was grilled by MPs on the Commons Home Affairs committee who called for her to step down from her post. Earlier this week she was reported to be on sick leave.

Mrs Thacker's is just a latest of a series of resignations in the wake of the damning report.

Council leader Roger Stone was the only person to step down immediately. As the pressure mounted, council chief executive Martin Kimber also stepped down followed by the South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 20, 2014
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