Private fostering – caring for somebody else’s child

12th October 2021, 10:51am | By David |

Every year thousands of children are left in the care of people who are not close relatives for extended periods of time. Although this is done by private arrangement, legally the parent and the carer must notify the local authority where the child is going to live so that the local authority can ensure that the child is being properly looked after. Many privately fostered children do not receive the services and protection they are entitled to because they are not known to the local authority. It is the responsibility of everyone working with children and families to make sure the local authority has been notified of any private fostering arrangement.

Wiltshire Council would like to reduce the number of children in un-notified private fostering arrangements across the county and we would be delighted if you could join us to help raise awareness of this important issue.

The ways you can help are:

  • Telling us about any young people you believe to be in private fostering arrangements. You can notify the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 456 0108 or mash@wiltshire.gov.uk
  • Forward this email and information to your colleagues
  • Direct your colleagues and members of the public to our website www.wiltshire.gov.uk/fostering-private-fostering
  • Put information from this letter/leaflets on your own website or in a newsletter

Your understanding of this issue can make a big difference to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Wiltshire. If you wish to find out more please visit the council’s website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/fostering-private-fostering or call the Fostering team on 01225 716510.

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