Following a review of the controversial incident, the Council concluded that removal was in the best interests of the Eastern European children, but the decision was poorly communicated.
In a statement, the Council noted:
“… we accept the impression left following media interviews on the morning of November 24 was that the removal of the children was solely because of the foster carers’ membership of UKIP and the council apologises for this.
The authority said it had :
“…taken action to strengthen the way it makes decisions, communicates and shares information.”
Membership of the political party was not itself sufficient reason to remove children from foster care, the Council insisted.
“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.”
“Rotherham Council have made the wrong decision in the wrong way for the wrong reasons.”
Photo of Rotherham by Ben Sutherland via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence