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Private Fostering Week 9th to 13th July 2018

Private Fostering- Raising awareness

Private Fostering week runs from the 9th to 13th July 2018 to raise awareness of private fostering and the support available for families in Westminster.

Private Fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity). Definition of private fostering: http://www.privatefostering.org.uk/

Local authorities have significant legal responsibilities under the Children Act 1989 in relation to safeguarding the welfare of children who are privately fostered. It is important that local authorities’ are made aware of these arrangements.

To help us keep children safe and support families who are looking after privately fostered children, all parents and private foster carers legally must notify the local council of a private fostering arrangement.

Find out more at www.westminster.gov.uk/private-fostering

For more information about Private Fostering week please contact Rochell-Ann Naidoo 0n 020 7641 7564 or rnaidoo@westminster.gov.uk



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