Further Information Cambridgeshire County Council If you are involved – or likely to be involved – in a private fostering arrangement and have not already told Social Services, you should contact your local Social Social Services Are you looking Services Children’s and Families Team (see below). after someone If you are in any doubt as to whether the regulations might apply to you, you should: else’s child? • seek advice from your local Social Services Children & FamiliesTeam • obtain leaflet – Private Fostering published by Dept of Health and available on www.doh.gov.uk/scg/privatefostering • email: Fanda@cambridgeshire.gov.uk South Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Children’s South Cambridge City Team (covers Huntingdon, St Health Team Rustat House Ives, Ramsey, Yaxley St Douglas House 60 Clifton Road Neots, Sawtry and The Cedars Room Cambridge CB1 7EG surrounding area. 18 Trumpington Road *Tel: 0345 045 5203 Scott House Cambridge CB2 2AH Huntingdon *Tel: 0345 045 5203 Fenland & East Cambs *Tel: 0345 045 5203 Team (covers Wisbech, March, Whittlesey Ely, Chatteris, Soham, Burwell and (*All calls go through surrounding area) Cambridgeshire Direct Noble House Contact Centre) Ely CB7 4PL *Tel: 0345 045 5203 Also based at: Essential facts if Hereward Hall County Road March PE15 8ND you have someone *Tel: 0345 045 5203 else’s child living If you would like a copy of this leaflet on audio cassette or in Braille, large in your home print or other languages, please contact the Customer Services Unit. Produced by: Children & Young People’s Services Communications Team Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP. Phone: 01223 699221 E:mail: email@example.com Ref: CHD3 - updated March 2009 If you have somebody else’s child living in your home, you may be a “private foster parent”. Read on Why do I have to tell Social Services? What is Private Fostering? The Children Act 1989 introduced a number of regulations to ensure the welfare of children particularly when they are looked after by Private fostering is where an arrangement is made – usually by a someone other than their own families. parent – for a child aged under 16 (or 18 where the child has disabilities) to be cared for by someone other than a close relative for The regulations cover the private fostering of children, requiring more than 28 days. parents and carers to notify Social Services. It does not apply to arrangements made by the County Council, You could be breaking the law if you fail to do so. voluntary organisations, or as a result of certain Court Orders. Why are Social Services Involved and What do they do? What is a Close Relative? The law defines a close ‘relative’ as grandparent, brother, sister, Cambridgeshire Social Services has a number of duties and uncle or aunt whether full or half blood by marriage. A close relative responsibilities in connection with private fostering. can also be a step-parent if certain circumstances are met. A member of our staff will visit you to help safeguard and promote the welfare of the child by: W What do I have to do if I am Privately Fostering or my child is PriPrivately Fostered? • ensuring the suitability of you, of your home and household through statutory checks on all persons over 16 years of age. • ensuring you receive support and advice about looking after Any parent or private foster parent, or anyone else involved in someone else’s child and meeting the child’s physical, making a Privately Fostered arrangement, must notify Social emotional, educational and cultural needs. Services and supply details about the child and the placement as soon as possible, preferably at least 6 weeks before the placement • assisting parents and foster carers in working in partnership begins. for the benefit of the child. • taking action if the care provided is unsatisfactory. As a parent retains responsibility for the child, it is very important that the parent and private foster parent agree on how the child will be cared for and how the placement will be supported.
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