Council wants to know who is looking after Plymouth children without parents

COUNCIL chiefs are appealing to people who have privately fostered children to alert them to the care arrangements.

Plymouth City Council is using national Private Fostering Week, which runs from July 6-10 as an opportunity to appeal to people across the city to notify them if they’re involved in a Private Fostering Arrangement.

The week, which launches today, is designed to make people more aware of and give more details on private fostering arrangements. When a child is looked after by someone other than a parent or close relative for more than 28 days, this is known as private fostering (a close relative includes a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister or brother).

These arrangements can occur because of various circumstances, for example divorce, separation or arguments in the child’s family, or if the child is the boyfriend or girlfriend of one of your children.