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CARERS are needed to look after young people in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council is inviting potential foster carers to an event at the city’s Hilton Hotel, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, September 17.

It is hoped the event will help find people to look after young people who have recently left council care homes, unaccompanied asylum-seekers, babies, toddlers or school-age children.

The council also hopes to find people to offer regular breaks for disabled children.

Staff from the council’s foster care recruitment team will be at the hotel, to answer questions about fostering and the assessment process, as well as offer advice about different care opportunities, and what might suit each potential carer best.

And some carers will run talks on their own experiences.

From 10.30am to 11.30am, the talk will be about supported people aged 16 to 24 leaving care, then from midday to 1pm, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, or children who have been trafficked, and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Family Link – short breaks for disabled children.

Find out more at fosterportsmouth.co.uk or call 07908 552281 for a free information booklet and DVD.

Councillor Rob Wood, the council’s leader for children’s services, said: ‘I hope people from across the south will drop in to find out more.’