Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Private fostering notifications rise again

The latest Government statistics show that last year there was a 9% increase in the number of people notifying their local authority if they are privately fostering a child. This means that since we started our private fostering campaign there has been nearly a 25% increase in notifications, which is really encouraging.

However we estimate there are many more children living in private fostering arrangements that the council knows nothing about. Some of these children may be at risk.

Private fostering describes an arrangement lasting 28 days or more where somebody other than a grandparent, aunt or uncle or other close relative cares for somebody else’s child. By law the local authority must be informed of such arrangements.

Most privately fostered children will be well cared for, but some may be highly vulnerable. Help us to keep children safe by notifying your council if you know of a private fostering arrangement in your local community. For more information visit our private fostering website.

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