Updated response: 6.25pm on 30 August 2017
Response to Family Court Decision to publish court papers
A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Council said:
“We welcome the decision by the Family Court to publish the Case Management Order from yesterday. It supports our position that we always had the child’s best interests at heart and it was Tower Hamlets Council’s proposal to have the child moved to the care of her grandmother.
“It also gives other information about the case that we have been unable to provide in recent days due to legal restrictions to protect the child and foster parents from being identified.”
Note: The Family Court Papers can be downloaded from the Judiciary website.
Response to the Times article
Debbie Jones, Corporate Director Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets Council, said:
“Firstly, we are pleased that our proposal for the child to be cared for by a family member has been approved. It is something Tower Hamlets Council has been working towards for some time.
“As a local authority, our number one priority with foster care is ensuring a child is placed in a safe and loving environment.
“Our foster carers are qualified people from different backgrounds, with vast experience of looking after children. They represent the diverse make up of our borough which is a place where people of all backgrounds get on with one another.
“Once the decision was taken to place the child into temporary care, we had to find the best placement available at the time.
“While cultural background is always a significant consideration in making this decision, so too are other factors including remaining in the local area to promote contact with the child’s family and for the child to continue at the same school in order to give them as much stability as possible.
“We are disappointed with the tone of some of the media coverage especially given the judge’s comments yesterday that reporting has been intrusive for both the child and the foster carer.
“While we cannot go into details of a case that would identify a child in foster care, there are also inaccuracies in the reporting of it.
“For example, the child was in fact fostered by an English speaking family of mixed race.
“We would like to give more details but we are legally restricted from doing so.”
Posted on Tuesday 29th August 2017