Campaign to help protect children in private fostering

A new campaign has been launched to advise parents and carers on how to protect young people who are placed in private fostering.

Calderdale Council is urging people to let them know if they have made private fostering arrangements for their children.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, Councillor Megan Swift, said: “Private fostering can be a positive experience, but the Council needs to be aware of the arrangements to make sure this is the case. It’s our priority to ensure that children and young people are safe and well.

“We have a legal duty to visit the place where the child is living, check that the arrangements are suitable and consider whether we need to give any extra support to the child and the private foster carer.”

Private fostering is where a child or young person under 16, or 18 if they have a disability, is looked after by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility, for more than 28 days.

The council does not place children in private fostering, but if a parent or carer is planning to make such an arrangement, they have a legal duty to tell the Council at least six weeks before it is due to start.

As part of the campaign, information is being provided in surgeries, schools and key Council buildings, and on the Council’s website.