Private Fostering

This section of the website provides information on private fostering.

Private Fostering Statement of Purpose June 2019 (PDF)

Walsall Council are urging the general public and people who work with children to help ensure the safety and well-being of children being cared for by someone who is not a direct relative. If you know of a private fostering arrangement please notify us by calling the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team on 0300 555 2866.

Below are some possible examples of how children might become privately fostered

A 15-year-old has been staying with his girlfriend’s parents following an argument with his mother. It was agreed that he should stay there until the situation at home had calmed down. So far, he has been at his girlfriend’s for 4 months

A woman is due to appear in court and expects to receive a custodial sentence. She asks the godmother of her 6-year-old son to look after him. The child is expected to stay with his godmother for at least 3 months.

A 14-year-old student from France will be visiting the UK on an exchange programme. The student will stay with a ‘host’ family for 6 weeks.

A man is father to a 12-year-old girl. The man and his girlfriend have recently separated and he has moved out of the house they all shared. As he is now living in a small bed-sit, he has left the 12-year-old with his ex-girlfriend, who is happy to continue to care for her, saying that it prevents her from having to change schools.

 

Private Fostering Awareness – Somebody Else’s Child

Link to the BAAF Private Fostering website and DVD ‘Somebody else’s child’

For advice and support please contact Walsall Council on 0300 555 2866