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Private Foster Carers urged to find out about the support available

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign.

Private Fostering Week runs from 3rd to 10th July 2017 and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements.

Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares for another person’s child for 28 days or more. This is a private arrangement, made between the parent and the carer. When such an arrangement is made parents or carers must inform the local council of where the child is going to live, so they can make sure the child is being properly looked after and the carer is aware of the available support.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:

“It is important that we know about arrangements where people are looking after someone else’s children so we can make sure they know about the specialist help and support that’s available.

“We all have a role to play in keeping children safe so I would encourage people to get in touch if they think that a child is being privately fostered.”

Once notified of a private fostering arrangement, social workers will visit the carer and child to assess their needs and provide help and advice.

For further information on private fostering visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/privatefostering or to report that a child is being privately fostered please call First Response on 08001313126.