The girl, who was white, Christian, and a native English speaker, spent the past six months in two Muslim households after being placed into foster care in the Muslim virtual ‘NO-GO Zone’ of Tower Hamlets, east London. The two placements were made by Tower Hamlets borough council AGAINST the wishes of the girl’s family.
UK Daily Mail (h/t John H & Brenda K) Local authority reports describe how the little girl sobbed and begged not to be returned to her niqab-wearing carer’s home, telling a social worker: ‘They don’t speak English.’ The reports detail how the child was ‘very distressed’ and claimed the foster caregive removed her Christian cross and tried to force her to learn Arabic.
The Muslim caregiver had forbidden her from eating a carbonara meal, because it contained bacon – which Muslims do not eat. According to the newspaper, the girl also told her mother that ‘Christmas and Easter are stupid’ and that ‘European women are stupid and alcoholic’.
Local authorities are required to give due consideration to a child’s religion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background’ when placing them into a foster home.
The girl’s mother is said to be horrified by the circumstances her daughter has been placed in. A friend told the newspaper: ‘This is a five-year-old white girl. She was born in this country, speaks English as her first language, loves football, holds a British passport and was christened in a church.
She’s already suffered the huge trauma of being forcibly separated from her family. She needs surroundings in which she’ll feel secure. Instead, she’s trapped in a world where everything feels foreign and unfamiliar. That’s really scary for a young child.’
The girl lived with her first caregiver, who is believed to have worn a niqab outside the family home, for four months. Her current caregiver wears a burka, which covers her face entirely, when she is out in public with the child.
In April this year, an Ofsted inspection at Tower Hamlets (below) council found ‘widespread and serious failures in the services provided to children who need help and protection’.
The council’s children’s service was rated as inadequate and found to have an ‘entrenched culture of non-compliance with basic social work standards’.
The Department for Education said: ‘When placing a child in a foster home, the local authority must ensure that the placement is the most appropriate way to support [the child’s] welfare. A child’s background is an important consideration in this decision.’