Rotherham Council: UKIP support made couple unsuitable

Joyce Thacker, the Director for Children and Young People's Services at Rotherham Council says that UKIP's commitment to ending multiculturalism made a couple who supported the party unsuitable for fostering children with specific cultural needs.

She told the Today Programme that the three children were always going to be removed from the couple as they were only fostered by them on an "emergency placement". The authority had been previously criticised by judges for not finding foster parents who could support the children's cultural needs.

But she has denied claims that the decision to remove the two children meant that the authority thought that UKIP was "a racist party".

It's a fine balance between a practice matter we had to take. It wasn't an easy decision to take, I assure you, so the children were always going to be moved on to another longer-term placement.

I have to think about their needs. If the party mantra is ending the active promotion of multiculturalism, I have to think about that.

These children are not local children to Rotherham, it’s not through any fault of their own that they’re there and they’re in a very difficult situation, so I have to think about their longer term needs.

– Joyce Thacker, the Director for Children and Young People's Services

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