Somebody else’s child – everybody’s responsibility

Everybody has a role in keeping children safe – whether you are a teacher, youth worker, neighbour or just chat to the other parents at the school gate. This is why we are encouraging communities to be aware and if they hear about a child who is being privately fostered to let us know immediately so we can ensure the child is being kept safe.

For those of you who aren’t sure, private fostering describes an arrangement when someone who is not a close relative cares for another person’s child for 28 days or more. Legally the parent and the carer must notify the local authority where the child is going to live so that they can ensure the child is being properly looked after.

This campaign is running all over the country at the moment but in Staffordshire if anyone who thinks that they may be privately fostering, knows someone who is or if you would simply like to find out more please telephone First Response free on 0800 13 13 126. You can also find out more here

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