SOMERSET County Council is urging anybody fostering a child to let the authorities know.

If a child has been looked after for more than 28 days by somebody other than a relative, the arrangement is classed as private fostering.

County councillor Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are required to know about a private fostering arrangement to make sure the child’s needs are being met.

“Where appropriate we can support both the private foster carer and the parent in order to help rebuild relationships.”

Anybody involved in, or aware of a private fostering arrangement, should email or phone 0845-3459122