Council in fostering plea to parents

Calderdale councillor Megan Swift
Calderdale councillor Megan Swift

Calderdale parents and carers are being urged to let the Council know if they have made private fostering arrangements for their children.

Private fostering is where a child or young person is looked after by someone who is not a close relative for more than 28 days.

Calderdale Council does not place children and young people in private fostering, but if a parent or carer is planning to make such an arrangement, they have a legal duty to tell the Council at least six weeks before it is due to start.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, Coun Megan Swift, said: “Private fostering can be a positive experience, but the Council needs to be aware of the arrangements to make sure this is the case. We urge people to let us know straight away.”