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 us.

You will not be breaching confidentiality by notifying the Front door team, but you will be helping safeguard a child.

Next steps

If you think a child is being privately fostered please call : 0300 111 8007 then select option 1, then 4 then 3.

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 below.