Bailey 'Bail' Wharton, was a fictional character from The Dumping Ground, who first appeared in 'Kick-Off, which is the first episode of Series 2. He got dumped in care, due to setting his flat on fire, after leaving the toaster on for too long. Bailey is shown to be a rude, and mischievous character who doesn't take likely to bullies. In his time at Ashdene Ridge, Bailey had suffered bulling and racism, which makes him the experienced character of the Tracy Beaker franchise. Wharton has made lots of friends and enemies in his years in care. His character is a lot similar to Tracy Beaker, as they have same aspects for the future. They both have also made frenemies, who don't take them for who they are- (Johnny Taylor and Justine Littlewood).
Series 5 saw the departure of Bailey, as he went to the USA, to become a football trainer. As of this, he is a former character. However, he more likely to return for a very special episode of Series 5, alongside, Tracy Beaker, Elektra Perkins and Frank Matthews.
Before being placed into the care system, Bailey lived with his dad in a flat. He was a member of a football team and aspired to be a professional footballer for Liverpool or Real Madrid. One day, his father vanished, leaving Bailey on his own. About a week or so later, a neighbour reported Bailey to social services after Bailey had an incident with the toaster which caused a fire. He was unhurt, but he was taken to Ashdene Ridge until his father could be located. Bailey's mum, Alison, abandoned his and Jimmy when Bailey was just a toddler. Bailey's dad Jimmy was heartbroken about this and resorted to burning any photographs with her in them.
Destination- Dumping Ground
Arrival at Ashdene Ridge
When Bailey arrived at Ashdene Ridge, he was portrayed as a gobby, stuck-up boy with caring about no-body but himself. He befriended Floss who Bailey called her ginger nut, leaving her upset. Later in the day, Bailey made enemies with Carmen Howle and Johnny Taylor as they were rude to him and called him rubbish. Bailey doesn't show any emotion- instead he just takes them on.