Foster-care, “the religious background of the child” and inaccurate reporting: a postscript

In August 2017, we noted a series of stories in The Times (£) about a five-year-old girl from a Christian family who had been placed in care with a Muslim couple. Allegedly, the girl, a native English speaker, had spent six months with Muslim foster-carers who had removed her neck-chain and cross and refused to allow her to eat bacon. It was also alleged that a social services supervisor for Tower Hamlets LBC described the child as begging not to be returned to the foster family because “she doesn’t understand Arabic”. We added that:

“No-one would suggest that placing a child in foster-care is easy: in the absence of the full facts, it would be both rash and improper to make any further comment.” Continue reading