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Children who are cared for on a full-time basis by people who are not direct relatives are in a private fostering arrangement.

A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made, without the involvement of a local authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Private foster carers may be from the extended family, such as a cousin or great aunt. However, a person who is a relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent will not be a private foster carer.

If you know of a child in this situation, the law says you must notify the local authority so they can make sure the person caring for the child can receive information, support and advice and that the child is safe. Please call us if you are caring for, or you know anyone who is caring for someone else’s child on 0121 788 4300 or visit for more information.


Dear headteacher
We are looking to appoint school-based designated safeguarding leads to our multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) to undertake the role of education safeguarding representative across five days per week. Ideally, up to five people who will undertake the role on different days. There is currently no funding available for the post, however it is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for practicing designated safeguarding leads in school.

The post will require the following skills and knowledge:

  • Liaison with designated safeguarding leads in schools to gain information to inform joint safeguarding activity around a child or family
  • Facilitation of good practice and partnership working, being the key link between education settings and the MASH
  • Ability to engage in professional dialogue with a range of professionals across a range of agencies in order to inform the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Ability to search data bases, collect and analyse information to add to the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Maintaining a good understanding of current education safeguarding legislation and statutory procedures
  • Attending strategy meetings on behalf of the relevant education setting (if they are unable to attend) and contribute to the decision-making process with a sound rational.
  • Taking part in improvement activity within the MASH, eg: reviewing cases and practice, and sharing this

Anyone interested in this post should contact the education safeguarding administrator on 0121 704 6616 or

Lorraine Lord
Senior education safeguarding officer

Dear Headteacher

KSCIE 2019

Please find attached the link to the revised KCSIE (2019).–2

The detail on the substantive changes is listed in Appendix H, page 108 of KCSIE (2019).

Key points are:-

  • Upskirting (page 10 paragraph 27 and page 89).
  • Changes to new local arrangements under the new local safeguarding children partnership. An update on this will take place at the Designated Education Safeguarding Lead’s conferences.

The revised model child protection policy is available at

The revised model safeguarding policy is available at

Lorraine Lord

Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

The annual DSL conference days (8.30 am – 4 pm) are to be held at Sans Souci on Monday 30 September 2019, Monday 7 October 2019, and at Grace Academy on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The annual governor safeguarding conference is at Solihull School on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Please confirm which day you wish to attend to

Thank you.

Lorraine Lord, Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

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