Coventry City Council is urging people involved in private fostering arrangements to let them know.
Private fostering is when a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or close relative. It is often a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer and the law says the local authority needs to be aware.
The Council has a responsibility to make sure any child being privately fostered is well cared for and safe.
Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Most people know what fostering and adoption is but won’t necessarily know as much about private fostering.
“Our absolute priority is making sure children – whoever they’re living with – are having their needs met. We understand there can be many reasons for a child to go and live with someone else but it’s so important the Council is told about so we can make sure the safeguarding of the child is placed at the heart of the arrangement.”
The Council has produced a poster and flyer that will be distributed across the city at venues including Family Hubs, GP surgeries and schools.
They outline that as well as parents there is also a responsibility for the child’s new carers to let the Council know if the private fostering arrangement is likely to continue for more than 28 days.
School staff, people who work with children and families and people working in healthcare settings are also being asked to tell the Council if they become aware of a child being privately fostered.
You can find more information about private fostering at www.coventry.gov.uk/privatefostering