A foster care organisation has threatened to take Norfolk County Council to the High Court after the authority excluded from it from an independent review.
The Norfolk Foster Care Association claims the authority wrongfully removed a number of children from foster carers in the county, most recently after a four year old suffered accidental bruising when put into a car seat. A social worker was dismissed as a result, Children & Young People Now reports.
Norfolk County Council launched a review into alleged unfair treatment of foster carers earlier this year following widespread controversy, but the Association was not invited to take part. Chairman Ray Bewry said they were now considering taking legal action and have written to the council stating this.
He told the site:
“We have issued a pre-action letter to Norfolk County Council as we want to be part of the review panel looking into the treatment of foster carers.”
Mr Bewry continued:
“It was us that first alerted the council to this problem back in 2011 and we think that it is unfair to exclude us.”
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