Council sends reminder to foster carers

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.


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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."

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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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