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Private Fostering

Looking after somebody else’s child? – know the rules…

If you are looking after somebody else’s child who isn’t an immediate family member, for longer than 28 days, the law says that you must tell the Council.

 

Those living or working in Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire should contact the private fostering team if you have, or know of someone, who has arranged privately to look after a child for 28 days or more.

 

The team's private fostering co-ordinator will meet the people caring for the child, the parents and the child to ensure that they are safe and their needs are being met.  They will also offer any support or help that may be required.

 

Private fostering arrangements apply to young people under the age of 16, or under 18 if disabled, who are being cared for by someone who isn’t an immediate family member i.e. a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle aunt or step-parent.  This does not apply to children in care.

 

Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Private fostering arrangements can provide an invaluable support for many young people. So without complicating matters, we simply want to remind people that in these circumstances, it is vital that the parent or the private foster carer, or others who are aware of the arrangement, let us know.”

 

To find out more about private fostering or to let us know about a private fostering arrangement call 0300 300 8181 or visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/

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