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    Default would you if you were asked

    If your 12 year old had a friend who has slept over sometimes, and you were somewhere in between a friend and acquaintance with the mother, if you were contacted by an agency asking if you could take the 12 year old while the single mum (who has no family support) is having a forced hospitalisation for an unknown time - could be days or weeks, would you let the child stay with you (with the possibility of sharing care with up to 2 other families)

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    If I had the room and capacity to care for the child yes absolutely. That poor child must be so scared right now and having a familiar places and faces to stay would be so reassuring.

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    It depends on a lot of things. Why did the agency ask? Was the mother unavailable?
    Where I live it's a really close community so for most people here I would. But it's hard to say as I know not everywhere is like that.

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    My children are small, but I think I would try to find some way to help if they were a good friend of your child. But the ability to share it with other families would be best. Just thinking how much it would mean to mum to know that someone she trusts with her child would help her when she is in need.

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    Yes I would.

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    Yes I would. I have an 11 year old and a 9 year old, I would hate a child to be all alone somewhere strange.

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    Yes, absolutely.

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    With out a second thought. I done something similar before and would do it again.

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    some extra information that may help - the child needing somewhere to stay is mine. I cannot care for him due to major mental health issues & the CAT team have decided I need hospitalisation asap (was going to be planned admission, now they are thinking needs to be crisis admission not waiting for bed). The agency is calling rather than me because according to others I'm not thinking overly rationally, don't see the need for hospitalisation & just aren't capable of doing much at all right now. If someone can't be found over the next few hours then DHS will place him somewhere (though I have asked for this not to be told to those I've given contact details for)

    There is no close friends to ask or family members. His dad is deceased so no help there either.

    I have given details of 3 families who can possibly help. 2 of which he has stayed overnight at regularly. 1 is a good friend of his - plays sport with & plays with at school. The other 2 he plays sport with but isn't so much friends but 1 has helped in the past & indicated where possible she would in the future but I used to be better friends with these 2 parents than I am now

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    Hugs. You're doing the right thing. And nothing you have said changes my original answer. I hope the contacts you've given come through for you xx

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