I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts with readers on today’s disturbing events.
My overriding concern is for the three young children; presumably they were taken away from their original home because Rotherham social services had genuine concerns over their well-being.
For the last two months they have benefited from being brought up in a safe, stable and secure home; they have now been removed from this environment. I understand that it is difficult to find foster carers able to take multiple children from the same family and I therefore urge Rotherham Council to very quickly find a foster home where all three children can live together; the fear is that they either remain in council run children’s care or are split up amongst different foster carers. Neither of these outcomes will help the children.
I also welcome Michael Gove’s announcement that he will lead the enquiry into this incident.
If chosen by the people of Rotherham to serve them as their next MP I will do all in my power to support this enquiry, and to ensure that Rotherham Council has in place the most robust safeguarding measures possible to protect all vulnerable members of our community.
Other contributions from candidates on this topic would be both welcomed and instructive for readers of Rotherham Politics and for Rothpol.