Foster carers call for head to roll over removal of children

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A SOUTH Yorkshire couple who had three children removed from their care because of their political allegiance are calling for council leaders to consider resigning after they failed to apologise.

The foster carers, in their 50s, claim Rotherham Council told them their had removed the Eastern European youngsters from their care after discovering they were members of the UK Independence Party and raising concerns over the party’s stance on immigration.

They were told there were concerns that the children’s ‘cultural and ethnic needs’ would not be met by the couple.

But the carers, who have been fostering for around seven years, said they would not have taken on the youngsters - a baby girl, a boy and an older girl from an ethnic minority background - if they were racist.

They now want Rotherham Council chiefs to consider their positions after the decision to remove children received widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum, with the Government calling for an investigation.

The council has pledged full support to an inquiry ordered by Education Secretary Michael Gove, but council leader Roger Stone has offered no apology.

The foster parents said they felt ‘slandered and besmirched’ after social workers took the children away.

“They should be considering their position,” the husband told the newspaper.

“These are people on incredible salaries who are paid to make responsible decisions but they can’t do it.

“It’s completely baffling that they just can’t put their hands up. They say this is a complex case but we don’t agree. It’s very simple.”

The foster mother, a nursery nurse, said: “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.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, who was himself adopted as a child, said social workers had made ‘the wrong decision in the wrong way for the wrong reasons’.