A COUNCIL wants to increase awareness and give advice to private foster carers.
West Sussex County Council is looking to help families who find themselves looking after someone else child as part of Private Fostering Week, which starts on Monday.
Private fostering can arise for a variety of reasons, and is where a child up to the age of 16 is being looked after someone who is not a close friend or relative.
The situation may come if a parent has fallen ill, if an overseas student is living with a host family or a teenager is living with a friend’s family.
Even though this is seen as a private agreement, the council wants people to notify them, so the authority can ensure the child is being properly looked after.
Cabinet member for children, Peter Evans said: ‘It’s really important that people let us know if they have a private fostering arrangement.
‘Everyone has a role to play when it comes to children.’