Private foster carers across the Melton area can get county council support

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A new national campaign is urging parents who ‘privately foster’ to contact their local council.

Private fostering is where a child lives with someone who isn’t their parent or a close relative. This can be for a number of reasons including if the child’s parents are unwell or abroad, or if there are difficulties in the family.

In Leicestershire, it’s thought that there are up to 30 private fostering arrangements and people are encouraged to contact the county council for support and advice.

The move is part of national Private Fostering Awareness Week, which charity British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) is running from July 6-10.

Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “If you look after someone else’s child, or know of someone who does, we’re encouraging you to contact us.

“Ensuring that all children are safe is a priority. Experienced social workers understand the different and possibly difficult situations which lead to private fostering and can offer support, and a personal contact for you and the child.”

People can contact the council on 0116 305 0005 or find out more here.

More information about BAAF’s campaign is available here.