Private fostering is an arrangement where a child or young person under the age of 16 is looked after full time for more than 27 days by an adult who is not their parent, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian.
As part of our Protecting Children in the Community Podcast series, VAC’s Safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi talks to Zinah Parekh, Lead Officer in Camden’s Private Fostering Team; about how making arrangements for children to be cared for by someone who is not a close relative, may be a safeguarding concern.
Please see Zinah’s presentation, recourses and booklet for professionals and safeguarding leads:
For more information about private fostering, to simply get advice or to make a referral, please contact Zinah Parekh directly at Zinah.Parekh@camden.gov.uk
If you are worried a child or young person is at risk or has suffered significant harm, please contact the Children and Families Contact service on: 020 7974 3317 or Email: LBCMASHadmin@camden.gov.uk
Out of office hours (after 5pm, weekends and bank holidays): 020 7974 4444
In cases of an emergency and immediate response, always contact the police on 999