Jayne Senior

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Jayne Senior, 2017

Jayne Senior, MBE, is a British youth worker and manager of the Swinton Lock Activity Centre near Mexborough in South Yorkshire, England.[1]

Senior is a former coordinator of Risky Business in Rotherham, a youth project set up in 1997 by Rotherham Council to work with girls and young women at risk of sexual exploitation on the streets.[2]

Working for over a decade to expose the issue of child sexual exploitation within Rotherham , Senior's efforts included acting as a whistleblower for a series of articles in The Times about the council's apparent attempts to cover up the abuse. The articles triggered a public inquiry by Alexis Jay, an inspection of the council by Louise Casey, the subsequent replacement of the councillors by government-appointed commissioners, and several criminal inquiries.[3]

Senior was rewarded with an MBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[4][5][6][7] She is the author of Broken and Betrayed: The true story of the Rotherham abuse scandal by the woman who fought to expose it (2016).

Senior is currently under investigation for complaints in relation to her abusive role as a support worker for survivors of child sexual exploitation at the Swinton Lock Activity Centre.[citation needed]

During this time The Swinton Lock Activity Centre has had its funding revoked. A report on the findings is due to be issued in 2019.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Chris Burn (10 June 2016). "Rotherham abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior awarded MBE", The Star (Rotherham).
  2. ^ "Rotherham abuse scandal: Key dates". BBC News. 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ Margaret Coker; Alexis Flynn (22 May 2015). "One Woman's Crusade for U.K. Town's Young Rape Victims". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Charity worker who fought to expose Rotherham child abuse to work for victims". The Yorkshire Post. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  5. ^ Low, Valentine; Sanderson, David (11 June 2016). "Youth worker who exposed Rotherham abuse gets MBE". The Times. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  6. ^ Unsworth, Mike (10 June 2016). "MBE for youth worker they said was lying when she exposed Rotherham grooming scandal". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Rotherham whistleblower Jayne Senior appointed MBE". BBC News Online. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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