Children and young people can live with family friends or extended family for a variety of reasons and these situations are known as private fostering arrangements.
The council is not involved in making private fostering arrangements but is responsible for checking the arrangements are suitable for the child.
Cllr Heather Smith, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Private fostering arrangements happen for lots of different reasons and although we haven’t been involved in arranging them, we do want to make sure that everything’s in place for the child or young person.
“This includes visiting the child, helping to make sure that the child’s needs are being met and where appropriate, offering advice and support to the child, their parents and private foster carer.”
Children in private fostering situations are unlikely to be in need of any support, but it is a legal requirement that the council where the child is living is notified of the arrangement by the carer and the parents.
Read more: http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/News/Northampton-News/Child-protection-experts-in-Northamptonshire-calling-for-carers-not-to-miss-out-on-vital-welfare-checks-20140630120000.htm?#ixzz36EHtKp5zChild protection experts in Northamptonshire are highlighting if children and young people are being cared for by somebody other than their immediate family they could be missing out on vital welfare checks.