Bromley Council has issued an appeal to anyone who is part of a private foster arrangement to get in contact with them. As part of Private Fostering Awareness Week, which takes place from 6th to 10th July, the council wants to highlight the support they have available and ensure that everyone operates within the law.
A private foster carer is someone who makes a private arrangement to care for a child who is under the age of 16 (or under 18 in the case of disabled children), which continues for more than 28 days. These arrangements do not go through the local authority, which means they are not usually registered in the system.
Parents and close relatives, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, or step-parents, are not classed as private foster carers. However, the term does apply to family friends, cousins, or great aunts and uncles when the person looks after the child for a continuous period.
Bromley Council has made this appeal to help the children and their carers get appropriate advice and support. They want schools, health professionals, and members of the public who are aware of a private foster arrangement to contact the council’s Children’s Social Care department.
The Referral and Assessment Service is based at the Civic Centre. They can be reached by phone on 020 8461 7373 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can find out further information by visiting the Bromley Mylife (Fostering) website.
Have you been involved in a private fostering arrangement? Do you feel that the council provides enough support in these circumstances?