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Are you looking after someone else's child?

All professionals are legally required to alert Merton's children’s services of children who are being privately fostered so that an assessment can be undertaken to ensure that the child’s welfare is being promoted and the child is safeguarded.

A privately fostered child is one who is:

  • Living away from home
  • Under the age of 16 years (under 18 if disabled)
  • Cared for by someone for more than 28 days who is not a parent or close relative (stepparent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle).

How to Notify?

If you are aware of a child or young person living in a private fostering arrangement please notify MASH on 020 8545 4227.

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