What should professionals do?

Professionals should ensure that Staffordshire County Council know about all private fostering arrangements.

This includes a wide range of people who come in contact with children including teachers, religious leaders, doctors and health visitors. Professionals should also encourage the child’s parent or carer to notify Families First.

You will not be breaching confidentiality by notifying Families First, but you will be helping safeguard a child.

Next steps

If you think a child is being privately fostered please call First response: 0800 1313 126.

Further information for professionals is also available from the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board webpages.

For further information or if you would like to help us to promote private fostering within your organisation please download the leaflet and posters below.