Members of Oldham Council are set to meet next week following the publication of a damning report into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Oldham.

The report published on Monday, June 20, more than two and a half years after it was commissioned by Mayor Andy Burnham and Deputy Mayor Baroness Beverley Hughes, found serious shortcomings in the approach of the authorities to historical cases of child sexual exploitation.

A full council meeting to discuss the findings in the report is set to be held on Monday, June 27 at 6pm in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre.

The meeting, which is estimated to last three and a half hours, will also have a dedicated time for public questions.

The report's authors, children's services expert Malcolm Newsam and ex-detective superintendent Gary Ridgway, were asked to consider a number of allegations and the response to them by Oldham Council, as well as its partner agencies including GMP and the NHS.

The experts also investigated other, specific cases, such as the case of 'Sophie', who was assaulted and raped multiple times after opportunities to intervene were missed by both GMP and Oldham Council.

In relation to 'Sophie' and other, specific cases, the report concluded there were serious shortcomings which left children without an appropriate amount of protection, and perpetrators unapprehended.

Mr Newsam and Mr Ridgway stressed these serious shortcomings were due to structural issues in the system set up to tackle CSE, Operation Messenger, and not due to a cover-up on the part of the authorities.

In relation to allegations on social media surrounding children's homes, shisha establishments and taxi services, the report concluded there was no evidence of widespread CSE in these settings, although a small number of children were exposed to sexual exploitation. It suggested GMP and Oldham Council tried to address the threat posed by these settings, although with mixed results.

At a press conference on Monday, Chief Constable Watson also announced an operation dedicated to CSE in Oldham, Operation Sherwood.