Information for parents and carers
How private foster carers can get support.
Dudley Council has a legal duty to ensure that any child or young person is in a suitable and safe private fostering arrangement. We will make regular visits to your child and his/her private foster carer, and are able to provide advice and support where necessary.
Private foster carers can approach Dudley Council for help and support in looking after the child/children in their care. This can include:
- in certain cases there may be financial help available
- information about any local support networks for carers
- carers may be able to claim additional benefits from the benefits agency
The Children Act 2004 requires that Dudley Council is notified of any proposed private fostering arrangement six weeks prior to it starting. If the arrangement is starting within six weeks or is already an existing arrangement then you should notify us immediately.
If you are aware of a child or young person who may be in a private fostering arrangement or who may be potentially placed in a private fostering arrangement you should contact us immediately.
A downloadable guide for parents and carers is available here.
Health & emergency help
Emergency Duty Team - 0300 555 8574
Teenage pregnancy team - http://www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/teenage-pregnancy/
General NHS help - http://www.nhs.uk
Emergency services - 999
Non-emergency police number - 101
West Midland Police Local station - 0845 113 5000 http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/
Advocacy services for parents and carers
Family information service
A useful guide to services and organisations that support children and young people, parents, carers and the people who work with them. https://fis.dudley.gov.uk/fsd/PublicEnquiry/Default.aspx
Advocacy services for disabled children and young people
An advocate can support with choices such as money, being safe, where to live. http://www.advocacymatters.co.uk/
The Children’s Society
The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton WV2 1EL - 01902 877563 / 0800 652 3839
Black Country Advocacy Service provides independent, confidential services to children and young people who have a social worker.
Mencap is the voice of learning disability. - 0808 808111
The Children’s Legal Centre
An independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people. www.childrenslegalcentre.com
Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD - 0300 123 1231
Dudley Council Plus
Provides a contact point to all departments of the council. 0300 555 2345
Dudley Council Plus - 0300 555 2345 - http://www.dudley.gov.uk
Job Centre Plus
0845 6060 234 https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
Careers advice http://www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/connexions/
Local police services
Non emergencies - 101
Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111
Switchboard - 0345 113 5000
General help and advice
If you would like to find out more about fostering we would love to hear from you
I'M A FOSTER CARER
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