UKIP foster couple apology

Rotherham Council has apologised for the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents who were members of the UK Independence Party. But they insist the decision was in the children's "best interests."

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Full council statement on UKIP foster parent decision

Rotherham Borough Council has released the following statement regarding the decision to remove two children from their foster parents, who were found to be UKIP members:

Rotherham Borough Council can today confirm the conclusions of a review of its decision to end a foster placement with carers who were members of UKIP.

Following this detailed review, we are clear that the action taken to remove the children was in their best interests.

However, we accept the impression left following media interviews on the morning of 24th November was that the removal of the children was solely because of the foster carers’ membership of UKIP and the Council apologises for this.

As this is a child care case legal reasons continue to prevent us from releasing further details. However, we know that there are important lessons the Council must learn. As a consequence the Council has taken action to strengthen the way it makes decisions, communicates and shares information.

The Council can confirm that membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham and could not be a reason for removing foster children from a placement.

The Council would again like to thank all the foster carers in our community for the devotion they show in looking after some of the most vulnerable children in the borough.

– statement, rotherham metropolitan borough council

Council sorry for removing foster kids from UKIP couple

Rotherham Council has apologised over the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents, admitting that membership of UKIP was not a valid reason.

The couple told ITV News that 'politics shouldn't come into' decisions about foster care Credit: ITV News

The couple - a qualified nursery nurse and former Royal Navy reservist - had the three Eastern European children in their care removed last November after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about their membership of the right-wing party.

The council maintained that the removal of the siblings last November was in their "best interests," but added that "membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham".


Couple wants issue cleared up about 'white-only adoption'

We had no discussions whatsoever [with the council].

If there had been some discussion this would all have been prevented.

We would have been able to talk to them, they would have been able to question us on our views...

We want a letter stating we won't have a slur on our records and we also want the issue cleared about only being able to foster white children.

Children are children and politics shouldn't come into it.



UKIP foster couple's 'disbelief' at having children removed

A couple who had foster children removed from their care because of their membership of the UK Independence Party have spoken to ITV News about their "disbelief" at what happened. Speaking anonymously they said:

I just could not believe what I was hearing... and very upset as well.

We feel it's been a slur on our records because if this issue crops up again it may prevent us from fostering certain children, like ethnic minorities.

UKIP foster row couple condemn Rotherham Council

A couple who said they had three foster children removed from their care because they are members of UKIP said Rotherham Council leaders should consider resigning after failing to apologise.

The South Yorkshire couple claim the council told them they could only care for children who are white.

The foster mother told The Sun newspaper, "These children have now gone to other white, presumable British, couples. The only difference therefore is that these other people are not linked to UKIP".

"We wouldn't have taken these children on from an ethnic minority background if we had been racist".

"In fact the council are being racist towards us by saying that, yes, we can continue fostering - but for white children only", she added.

Labour welcomes Rotherham Council's investigation pledge

I welcome the statement from Rotherham Council and their commitment to provide full co-operation with the Department for Education's investigation, so any lessons can be learned both for Rotherham and other parts of the country.

We would be happy to work with Mr Gove’s team on any wider issues this raises as well.

The upmost concern for everyone should be that the situation for the three children is resolved in their best interests.

Being a UKIP member should not be a bar to being a foster or adoptive parent, the key factor is whether those parents are providing a safe and loving environment.

– Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg
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