Education Secretary: "Council made wrong decision"

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said Rotherham Council's decision to take away three children from their foster home because their foster carers were members of UKIP was wrong.

"Rotherham's reasons for denying this family the chance to foster are indefensible. The ideology behind their decision is actively harmful to children. We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families. We need more parents to foster, and many more to adopt. Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need."

– Education Secretary Michael Gove

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UKIP foster row

Three children have been taken away from their foster home in Rotherham after social workers raised concerns about foster parents UKIP membership