We have commented before that more rigorous requirements in respect of child protection do not result in better effort or increased professionalism amongst those primarily charged with delivery, but merely to more tax money being thrown at the matter. Councillors, when faced with prosecution and prison if they fail to protect children, will simply transfer to this service all the money they can from libraries, roads, street lighting, refuse collection, street sweeping, parks and every other available budget. You know they will. And when voters complain about broken suspensions from running into potholes in the pitch dark, they will blame the government.
Two of local government's greatest problems are that it's being run by the wrong people and it's too big and not democratic enough. The wrong people are the Common Purpose snouts in the trough self-serving freemasonry of Council bosses who segue seamlessly from one golden hello to another as they stuff their mouths with public gold. The wrong size and shape because Councils are now just a branch of central government; Whitehall tells them what to do. The Town Hall is now little more than a branch office of the DCLG. Decision taking is restricted by law to 10 councillors - the ten who will face prosecution under Cameron's new law.
So now even more resources that could be used for real child protection will be used primarily for councillor, officer and social worker protection - for every worker in the field will be two on a review panel to ensure due diligence, with even more undertaking bottom line scrutiny and oversight, all geared at keeping Councillor Jobsworthy out of the dock.
Richard North has the most convincing answer - the serial abusers, whose mugshots resemble those taken of rednecks in the states of the deep south in the 1920s to illustrate congenital birth defects and low intelligence from inbreeding, come predominantly from one ethno-cultural-linguistic cohort. Rotherham could do worse than recruit its next PCC from the senior ranks of the Indian Police Service well versed in dealing with such badmashes.