Council help for foster parents

FOSTER parents are being urged to get help and support from their local council in the run up to a national campaign which starts next week.Private fostering happens when a child who is not a close relative lives with a family for more than 28 days.

FOSTER parents are being urged to get help and support from their local council in the run up to a national campaign which starts next week.

Private fostering happens when a child who is not a close relative lives with a family for more than 28 days.

As part of the Somebody Else's Child campaign, everyone who is privately fostering has been asked to inform their local county council to meet needs of the child and offer parents advice.

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is supporting the initiative, which aims to raise awareness of private fostering and the responsibilities of the foster parent.

All local authorities have a duty to satisfy themselves that the welfare of children is being satisfactorily safeguarded.

Failure by a private foster carer, or parent, to notify a local authority of a private fostering arrangement is an offence.

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Call: Norfolk Care Connect on 0344 800 8014. For more information on private fostering, visit www.privatefostering.org.uk.