Types of fostering

 

Short/long term fostering with Trafford Council

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Trafford Council are looking for foster carers who can foster teenagers and children on a full time basis. We are looking for ordinary people from all walks of life who can do an extraordinary job.

If you are interested in finding out more about the adventure of fostering and think you can help us make a difference, please request an information pack or contact Trafford's Fostering Service fostering@trafford.gov.uk or call us on 0161 912 3558. You can also come along to one of our Fostering Information Events  where you can chat to our friendly team and ask any questions you may have about the different fostering schemes in Trafford.

Fostering Plus

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We need caring, flexible people who are experienced with children and young people to support those in need coming into our care.

You’ll be helping us when a child needs an emergency placement or allowing our foster carers to have vital breaks.

You don’t need to be married, or in a relationship, you just need a loving home where our children (or young people up to the aged of 18) can feel safe and cared for.

Short breaks for disabled children (Home from Home Scheme)

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Would you like to make a real difference to lives of disabled children and their families in Trafford? Our Home from Home scheme needs people like you to spend time with disabled children, have fun and involve them in everyday activities in your home or in the community.

The children are carefully matched with individuals or families who can meet their needs. The child then visits the same family or individual on a regular basis.

Private fostering

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Private Fostering occurs when a child or young person is being looked after by an adult for 28 days or more as part of an arrangement between a parent and a carer. It only applies where the child or young person is under 16 years old (or under 18 years if they have a disability).

  • If the adult is a close relative (i.e. step-parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle) the arrangement is not Private Fostering.
  • If the arrangement is made by the Local Authority, it is not Private Fostering.

When and why does private fostering occur?

There are many reasons that a child or young person may be Privately Fostered, for example:

  • Problems at home mean a young person goes to stay with a family friend or friend's family.
  • A child or young person may come from another country for better health or education.
  • Parents may move overseas.

Why does the local authority need to know?

There are a variety of reasons why the Local Authority needs to know about Private Fostering arrangements.

These include:

  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children/young people.
  • Ensuring the child/young person is receiving a level of care that is suitable.

Responsibilities of parents, carers and professional

Parents, carers and professionals have a legal responsibility to inform the Local Authority of plans to Privately Foster a child/young person. Wherever possible this should be done no less than 6 weeks before the arrangement is due to start.

In situations where professionals (e.g. health visitors, teachers, religious leaders) become aware of a Private Fostering arrangement they should ensure that those involved are aware of the legislation and that the Local Authority is aware.

Notifying the Local Authority of a private fostering arrangement is a legal requirement.

It is essential so that we can ensure the safety of Children and Young People.

What happens next?

Trafford's Children and Young People's Service will work closely with the child/young person, their parents/carer and their Private Foster carer to ensure that the arrangement is safe and suitable. As part of this there will be:

  • Visits to the home to carry out an assessment of the arrangement.
  • Views obtained from child/young person, parents and carers.
  • Advice and support offered.

Our Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT) need to be contacted at least 6 weeks before the Private Fostering arrangement is to begin (but not more than 13 weeks), or within 48 hours (if the arrangement is following an emergency). If a Private Fostering arrangement is current then the Local Authority must be informed immediately.

Information posters and leaflets

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