Council urges private foster carers to get in touch

Published Monday, 6 July 2015

Bromley Council is urging those caring for children that are not their own, for more than 28 days or more, to get in touch!

Bromley Council is urging those caring for children that are not their own, for more than 28 days or more, to get in touch to make sure they are getting the support they need and to comply with the law.

A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made privately, without the involvement of a local authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more.

A person who is a close relative under the Children Act 1989:  a grandparent; brother, sister; uncle or aunt - whether of full blood or half blood or by marriage - or step-parent will not be a Private Foster Carer.  

However, Private Foster Carers may be a cousin, a great aunt, friend of the family, parent of a friend of the child. The period for which the child is cared for and accommodated by the Private Foster Carer should be continuous.

Councillor Robert Evans, Executive Member for Care Services said: “Private foster carers do a very good job, often stepping in at a difficult time. To coincide with Private Fostering Awareness week from 6 July we want to send out a message to private foster carers and parents to get in touch to make sure these children get the best out of life.” As well as appealing to members of the public, the Council is also asking school and health professionals to help spread the word. If you know about a private fostering arrangement then you must contact Bromley Children’s Social Care at the Referral and Assessment Service at the Civic Centre call weekdays on 020 8461 7373, email: referral.assessment@bromley.gov.uk or visit Bromley Mylife (Fostering)


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