Further emails were exchanged today:
I have posted it on the site.
However, I would note that "Rebekah Makinson, mum-of-three, added: We have used Harwoods since I was a child and my mother stayed with me. "
This doesn't tie in with the council explanation that "a handful of parents have been staying on, not just dropping their children off. Staff that run the facility felt they were getting in the way and diverting their attention away from focusing entirely on the children in their care " which implies that the rule change was in response to recent changes in parent behaviour.
Given that parents have been staying on for years, why change the rules now?
Creating a climate of fear is not the way to bring up children.
I think the point to make is that nearly all the parents that use the Harwoods site (now and in years gone by) drop their children off and don't stay, and all the parents at the other site, Harebreaks, drop their children off.
This small percentage of parents staying on at Harwoods has been acceptable over the years and not caused problems, but recently there have been issues that have affected our staff being able to run these to the best of their abilities - and the decision was taken to bring the two sites in line, but please rest assured this isn't something we've done lightly.
Again, I can't stress enough - knowing Dorothy as I do, she is 100% not somebody that buys into the 'every adult is a potential paedophile' view.
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