The safety of children is everyone’s business

Safety of children and young people who live with someone other than their parents or a close relative is the focus of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust as part of Private Fostering Week (3-7 July).

The Trust is urging residents who know of a child or young person being cared for in this way to let them know.

Private fostering is when someone who is not a close relative cares for another person’s child for 28 days or more. Anyone involved in a private fostering arrangement is required by law to tell the Trust so that these children can be kept safe and so that their carers get the support they may be entitled to.

Private foster carers are allocated a fostering social worker who will support them and the child.

Julie Mepham, Director of Children’s Services (Acting) for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “Private foster carers often step in at a very difficult time when a child or young person cannot, for all sorts of reasons, live at home and they do a really good and important job. Those carers who have not informed us about their arrangements need to let us know as soon as possible in order to comply with the law.”

She added:“Raising awareness of children who may be cared for under these circumstances is the responsibility of everyone in Doncaster. If you know of any child who is being cared for privately we are asking you to let us know.”

For more information about private fostering visit www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/private-fostering or contact Doncaster Children’s Services Trust on 01302 734100.

“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”

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