Sounds bad, right? Well, this is what is classed as 'unofficial fostering':
One in 10 children surveyed claimed to have been looked after by someone other than a parent or close relative for at least four consecutive weeks, yet only a tiny fraction of this number were registered with local authorities.The people claiming this is a bad thing? Step forward, the British Association for Adoption & Fostering.
Yeah. They aren't likely to be impartial in this, are they?
BAAF estimates that up to one million "invisible" children could have spent weeks – or even years – living with family friends, neighbours, distant relatives or unregulated nannies without the knowledge of child protection experts.Oh, noes! How could we let this happen? Wake up, people!
Six per cent of those affected said they weren't well looked after by private foster carers...That never happens if you have a certificate, though, right?
Wrong. Very, very wrong.
...while a half experienced anxiety and loneliness.Which children should never, ever experience. And official child fosterers guarantee they never will, right?
The Children's minister, Delyth Morgan, said: "We must do more to ensure local authorities are always notified about these arrangements."*sigh*
I can't read any more. There's the usual case history of awful things happening, taken as representative of all these arrangements, and absolutely no mention whatsover of the official fostering horrors I managed to find with one Google search.
This is journalism? I think not...