We, the undersigned, support the Coptic Christian Community in the UK, in petitioning the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt. Hon. Ed Balls, MP to consider the placement of 3 Coptic Christian children , by Westminster City Council, with a Muslim foster family. Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989, sub-section(5) states that the local authority, in making any decision, has a general
duty to give due consideration to the child’s religious persuasion, racial origin and linguistic background. The placement of those 3 children has failed to support their racial, cultural, linguistic and religious identity. There is evidence that it is seriously undermining their religious beliefs and we are gravely concerned about the confusion of identity of those looked after children.
It has come to our attention from other websites that the purpose of the petition or its effects may have been misunderstood.
As stated the petition is being gathered and will be given to the Secretary of State for Education and the London Borough of Westminster, amongst others. The purpose of the petition is to make the UK government and the local
authority aware of how strongly the Coptic Orthodox Christian Community feel about this issue. The petition gives an evidential basis of the number of people who are concerned about this matter.
Clearly the more people signing the petition the more pressure is brought on those concerned to investigate the matter and consider the correctness of their decision. It does not however create any legally binding
obligation on the authorities.
We would continue to ask for your support in this matter.