Private Fostering Awareness
Private Fostering Awareness Campaign
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).
As part of an Awareness Raising Campaign we want to highlight the vulnerability of children in private fostering arrangements who remain unreported and often ‘invisible’ to local authorities. In keeping in line with the government’s focus on safeguarding children who may be at ‘risk of harm'. The key objective of the awareness campaign work is to increase the notification levels of children being cared for in private fostering arrangements.
Parents,legal guardians and private foster carers have a legal duty to notify the Newham Local Authority MASH Team of a private fostering arrangement six weeks before the care arrangement starts. All professionals have a legal duty to contact the Children’s Social Care MASH Team if they suspect or become aware that a child is being cared for in private fostering arrangement, just as with other safeguarding concerns.
There are approximately 86,833 children and young people resident in Newham. Currently Newham Children and Young People’s Service has ten privately fostered children known the department. It is believed that many more privately fostered children remain unseen whilst their safety, vulnerabilities and needs remain undetermined. These children may be living with adults who claim to be ‘close relatives’ but without notification and assessment the child’s safety and welfare remain unknown.
It is important that if you are aware of children who may be privately fostered, or you need advice on private fostering please contact the MASH team on 0203 373 4600 or please email MASH@newham.gcsx.gov.uk
Newham CAMHS Open Door Festival 4th-8th February 2019 (Child Mental Health week)
Newham CAMHS are opening their doors to any young people who may be seeking emotional support, or parents who want to speak to clinicians about their child’s wellbeing.
As a part of the Mental Health Week – they offer face to face, taster sessions, workshops and mini
interventions - 4th-8th Februaruy 2019, as part of Child Mental Health week.
411 Barking Road
See the attached flyer for more details.