Dear Editor, According to Government statistics there has been a 15 per cent rise in the number of people in notifying their local authority if they are privately fostering a child, which is encouraging.
However, we estimate there are hundreds more children living in private fostering arrangements in your local area 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 vulnerable. To protect children everyone needs to know what private fostering is. For more details visit www.somebodyelseschild.org.uk.
British Association for
Adoption & Fostering