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Fostering in the spotlight

Published Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A new campaign will be launched in Enfield to make sure privately fostered children are safe and properly cared for in the borough.

The initiative will be launched by Enfield Safeguarding Children Board to encourage the carers and parents of privately fostered children that they obliged by law to tell Enfield Council about the arrangements.

Children aged under 16, or 18 for disabled children, who are looked after by someone other than a parent or close relative are considered to be privately fostered.

Enfield Safeguarding Children Board, chair, Geraldine Gavin, said:  “In Enfield there is a lot of support available for children who are privately fostered and assessments for private fostering arrangements that come to our attention are carried our promptly and effectively by the council.

“The new awareness raising campaign will provide information and advice on this issue and remind professionals and members of the public of their duty to report private fostering arrangements so we can ensure children and young people are kept safe.”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “The safety and security of all children in Enfield is our priority and we’re fully behind this campaign.

“I’d urge parents and carers to register their private foster care arrangements with the council so that we can make sure they receive any support and guidance they need to help ensure their charges thrive and prosper and achieve their full potential.”

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