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Myths abound as to why BAME children are overrepresented in the care system (black children make up 5% of the English under-18 population, but 8% of looked after children).

One must look elsewhere to discover why BAME children, and black boys in particular, wait longer to be adopted.

Is it possible that the pervasive discrimination and racist stereotypes behind these statistics have unwittingly infiltrated the care system too?

For example, I have heard concerns from both black and white adopters waiting for children that black boys will join gangs or be otherwise criminalised.

For the sake of the black boys who wait too long, appropriate radical action must be taken now.

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