Rotherham Council is an organisation still "in denial" about its total failure to protect 1,400 girls from child sexual exploitation, a devastating government report said.

Louise Casey, who was asked to carry out an inspection of the council by the Department for Communities and Local Government, found that staff did not accept the findings of an independent inquiry carried out by Professor Alexis Jay last year.

Council workers believed there had not been a problem and that "the media were out to get them".

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