Rotherham Council: Children 'safe and in very good care'

The leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Councillor Roger Stone, said in a statement:

This morning I received a report of the immediate investigation that was ordered early on Saturday by the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

Having now listened to the initial report I am now able to set out the way forward.

Membership of UKIP should not bar someone from fostering.

The Council places the highest priority on safeguarding children, and our overriding concern in all decisions about the children in our care, is for their best interests.

We have been able to establish the facts in this case as far as is possible over the weekend, and I can confirm that the children are safe and in very good care.

The Secretary of State for Education has asked for an inquiry relating to this case over the weekend. The Council welcomes this. We will work very closely with and give full cooperation to the Department.

In order to help the investigation further, we will also make all the facts established so far available to the Secretary of State's officials.

The investigation will focus on the information, advice and evidence gathered before making this decision, the nature of the decision itself and how it was communicated.

Read the full statement on the council's website.

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