Council sends reminder to foster carers

PUBLISHED: 11:22 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:50 04 May 2010

A REMINDER has been issued to everyone who provides informal foster care to a child to contact the county council and make them aware of the arrangement. The law states that anyone who provides extended care for a child, who is not their own or is not a c

A REMINDER has been issued to everyone who provides informal foster care to a child to contact the county council and make them aware of the arrangement.

The law states that anyone who provides extended care for a child, who is not their own or is not a close relative, is probably a private foster parent.

Private fostering is where an arrangement is made, usually by a parent, for a child aged under 16 (or under 18 where the child has disabilities) to be cared for by someone other than a close relative for more than 28 days.

There is concern about some informal arrangements which may not be appropriate or sufficiently monitored to protect the child.

Now Cambridgeshire County Council child-care managers are reminding private foster carers and parents of children in such arrangements, of their responsibility.

County council head of social care for children, Elaine Petch, said: "We do not want to interfere in what is working well, we want to be in a position to provide support and advice and ensure a private arrangement goes as smoothly as possible."

INFO: Anyone who is considered entering into private fostering arrangements or already in one , should call: Vic Blickem on (01223) 717598.

A leaflet listing OCYPS offices and giving more information on Private Fostering can be obtained from: customer services section on (01223) 717309 or on the county council website at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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