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UKIP's candidate for this week's Croydon North by-election, Winston McKenzie has sparked controversy this week by likening adoption by gay couples to "child abuse".

In an article from Seen magazine, social worker Michael Dwyer gives his direct response to Mr McKenzie:

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Please click on the link below, sign the SWAN online petition and forward as widely as possible:

http://www.activism.com/en_GB/petition/no-to-political-point-scoring-put-children-first/40795

We, the undersigned, deplore the way both the UK Independence Party and also Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove have sought to to exploit the case of looked-after children in Rotherham for the purposes of electoral gain and to attack local social work staff.

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In the uproar over Rotherham Council’s decision to remove three children of East European origin from foster carers who are members of the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP), the welfare of the children seems to have been forgotten. It has become secondary to the competing interests and agendas of politicians in the run-up to Thursday’s bye-election.

The Children Act 1989 Part III duties enshrine the principle that promoting the welfare of the child should be a central consideration in intervention into the lives of children and families. In protecting and promoting the physical, intellectual and emotional development of children, needs arising from race, culture, religion and language must be taken into account.

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