Doncaster Council is supporting ‘Private Fostering Awareness Week’ to raise the profile of private fostering in the borough.
The week, which launches today, is designed to make local people more aware of and give more details on private fostering arrangements.
When a child is looked after by someone other than a parent or close relative for more than 28 days, this is known as private fostering (a close relative includes a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister or brother).
These arrangements can occur because of various circumstances, for example divorce, separation or arguments in the child’s family, or if the child is the boyfriend or girlfriend of one of your children.
To help keep children and young people safe, the government has made it the law for anyone looking after someone else’s child to tell their local council. If you live in Doncaster and are planning to privately foster or already doing so, you can inform the Council by phoning the Contact Team on 01302 737777.
Councillor Tony Corden, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and services to families, said: “We really need people to let us know about private fostering arrangements.
“The aim is not for us to make changes to the arrangement, but simply to offer help and support, and make sure that people are getting the benefits that they are entitled to. We know that a lot of the time private fostering is the best solution for a young person.”
Leaflets and information will be available all this week in the Civic Office, as well as the Women’s Centre, libraries and Citizen Advice Centres.
Information is also available on the website www.doncaster.gov.uk/privatefostering.