The daughter of a former deputy council chief implicated within the Rotherham youngster intercourse grooming scandal helps run a help service for its victims, it has been revealed.
Norsheen Akhtar, 32, has been given managerial duty for youngster sexual exploitation programmes run by Rotherham Rise.
The charity, which primarily works with feminine home abuse victims, receives most of its funding from Rotherham Council.
Miss Akhtar’s father is Jahangir Akhtar, who give up as deputy chief of the council in 2013 and misplaced his seat on the council the next 12 months.
His resignation adopted claims he helped dealer a cope with police involving one among his kinfolk.
Norsheen Akhtar (pictured left with then-Mayor of Rotherham Lindsay Pitchley), 32, has been given managerial duty for youngster sexual exploitation programmes run by Rotherham Rise. She is the son of ex-Rotherham deputy council chief Jahangir Akhtar, proper
The relative – gang ringleader Arshid ‘Mad Ash’ Hussain – was mentioned to have agreed handy a lacking 14-year-old lady to officers at a petroleum station after receiving an assurance that he wouldn’t be prosecuted.
Mr Akhtar was additionally later stripped of his taxi-driver licence after a ‘match and correct individual’ check was launched by the council.
The 58-year-old misplaced his seat on the council at elections in 2014 when he was defeated by a UKIP candidate.
The check took into consideration youngster sexual exploitation intelligence that might ‘give rise to important and critical issues for dangers to public security if the licence stays in place’.
Miss Akhtar, who nonetheless lives along with her father within the South Yorkshire city, joined Rise after his resignation, The Occasions reported final evening.
She is now a member of its senior administration crew and answerable for its counselling service for survivors of kid sexual exploitation (CSE).
In her function, she has full entry confidential info on the charity’s database, together with names and addresses of victims, the newspaper reported.
An impartial inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay discovered an estimated 1,400 Rotherham women have been focused for sexual abuse by organised gangs of largely British Pakistani males over 16 years.
Jahangir Akhtar’s resignation adopted claims he helped dealer a cope with police involving one among his kinfolk, gang ringleader Arshid Hussain (pictured)
4 brothers who have been jailed for a complete of 98 years in 2016 after being convicted of 53 youngster intercourse offences towards 16 women – Arshid, Basharat, Bannaras and Sageer Hussain – are associated to the Akhtars.
Abuse victims helped by Rise voiced concern concerning the appointment.
One girl, who was helped by the charity alongside along with her sister, and who gave proof towards the Hussain brothers, mentioned: ‘I am staggered that the charity and council did not recognise that placing Jahangir Akhtar’s daughter in that function would create a possible battle of curiosity.’
‘What kind of a sign does that ship out to CSE survivors? How are we purported to have any confidence that the authorities in Rotherham have learnt from the previous?’
The girl mentioned Miss Akhtar’s work for the charity might have given her entry to details about women and girls who have been groomed and sexually exploited by a number of of her kinfolk or their associates.
Rise is believed to have knowledgeable Rotherham council of Miss Akhtar’s appointment however the native authority is assumed to have reported no issues.
There’s additionally no suggestion that Ms Akhtar has in any means behaved inappropriately or unprofessionally.
Funding for Rotherham Rise’s work to assist youngster sexual exploitation victims has included council contracts and grants totalling greater than £440,000.
Jahangir Akhtar, pictured with ex-Labour chief Ed Miliband, misplaced his seat on the council at elections in 2014 when he was defeated by a UKIP candidate
Miss Akhtar’s earlier roles have included working as a tenancy help employee for an additional Rotherham charity, Rush Home, which gives lodging companies for younger folks.
Her father has all the time denied any wrongdoing or misconduct linked to the grooming scandal and has by no means been charged with any offence associated to youngster sexual exploitation. He has a felony conviction for affray for his function in a violent brawl exterior a restaurant.
The incident additionally led to convictions for 2 of his brothers and one among his sons.
Sue Wynne, chief government of Rotherham Rise, mentioned: ‘All of our employees are certain by skilled conduct codes to declare any private connection to, or curiosity in any particular person case. They’re additionally certain by an expert obligation of confidentiality to not talk about circumstances or shopper particulars exterior of labor.’
She declined to reply questions on Miss Akhtar however added employees have been topic to ‘ongoing inside supervision and efficiency administration’.
Jon Stonehouse, director for youngsters’s companies at Rotherham Council, mentioned the ‘appointment, employment and administration of particular person members of employees throughout the contract is a matter for Rotherham Rise’.
However he added: ‘Nevertheless, in these circumstances we can be trying on the due diligence undertaken.’
Miss Akhtar nor her father may very well be reached for remark final evening.