Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has confirmed that she will be questioning Tower Hamlets Council after The Times newspaper reported that a child had been forcibly placed with a non-English speaking Muslim family against her will. The council rejected the complaint in a statement and said that the family did speak English and that the adoption was only intended to be a temporary one.
Longfield said in a statement:
“I am concerned at these reports. A child’s religious, racial and cultural background should be taken into consideration when they are placed with foster carers”.
Tower Hamlets Council issued a statement saying:
“While we cannot go into details of a case that would identify a child in foster care, there are inaccuracies in the reporting of it. For example, the child is in fact fostered by an English speaking family of mixed race in this temporary placement. We would like to give more details but we are legally restricted to do so”.