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Disclaimer

Plymouth City Council, which hosts the fostering website, makes every effort to ensure that the information and material on this website remains accurate. However, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made or given by Plymouth City Council about accuracy, completeness or suitability of the information or material for a particular purpose.

Use of this website is at the risk of the user and neither Plymouth City Council nor its employees, agents or servants shall be liable for any claim, damage or loss whatsoever, which may arise or result from such use.

Plymouth City Council does not warrant that the functions contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, nor that defects will be corrected, nor that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy or reliability of the materials.

Neither Plymouth City Council nor its employees, agents or servants will be liable for any loss or damage, which may arise from the use of, or connection with, this website, including - without limitation - indirect or consequential loss or damage.

Defamation

Please take care not to make defamatory statements. In law this means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or organisation in the eyes of a reasonable person. By publishing such a statement we can both get into serious trouble. We will therefore take down any statement that could be deemed to be defamatory.

Blog and Social Media

We reserve the right to remove any contributions to our blog or social media pages that break any of the following rules:

  • Be civil, tasteful and relevant.
  • Do not post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive.
  • Do not swear.
  • Do not post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not own the copyright.
  • Do not post the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (also called "spamming").
  • Do not publicise your, or anyone else's, personal information, such as contact details.
  • Do not advertise products or services.
  • Do not impersonate someone else.

Virus protection

Whilst Plymouth City Council makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production it strongly recommends that users of this website run an anti-virus programme on all material downloaded from it.

Plymouth City Council accepts no responsibility and shall not be liable for any loss, disruption or damage to any data or computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Links to external sites

On the fostering website we try to include links to relevant organisations that you may find useful. With numerous websites around the world though we do need guidelines to help ensure we are fair and consistent.

We have two types of links:

Internal links

Internal links are links to another part of the fostering website.

External links

External links are links to sites that we do not own, or have any control over, but that we think you might find useful.

We tend not to link to commercial websites. The reason for not linking to commercial websites is simply that we are trying to be fair to everyone. If we add a link for one commercial website in a specific sector then we need to include all relevant links and that is not the core purpose of the fostering website. We do accept though that, despite trying to enforce this rule, there may be occasions where we do include commercial website links but this is not normal or regular.

We do not normally link to sites which are not free to access.

We do not link to external sites in return for cash, services or any other consideration in kind.

We are not responsible for the content, reliability or availability of external web sites and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind.

Links may be made to our website from personal and organisational websites. We request that you link to our site rather than downloading portions of it to another web server, so that viewers will see the most up-to-date information.

If you notice a link that you feel should not be on the fostering website please email fostering@plymouth.gov.uk. Likewise, if you would like to request a link from our website please contact us but we will apply the above criteria.

Cookies

We use cookies on this website but only where essential. By using our website, you consent for us to place these cookies on your computer.

A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever you use to access the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer. We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others.

Google analytics

Google analytics is a web statistics package. We use Google Analytics to gather information about how you use our websites. Google sets a cookie so we can see which pages people have landed on and how they have navigated through the site. We cannot obtain personal information from this data. For more information visit Cookies and Google Analytics and the Google privacy center: privacy policy.

The data we collect helps us identify those services that matter to you by enabling us to understand:

  • which pages people visit on the site;
  • which internet browsers are being used;
  • what pages are popular;
  • which interactive tools are used

Google have developed a browser Add-on which excludes Google Analytics recording your activities on any websites using Google Analytics. It's totally free and can be installed on most browsers.

These cookies are usually called '__utma', '__utmb', '__utmc' or '__utmz' and is used on the main fostering website.

To delete cookies or reject cookies

We recommend you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service. If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored. You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at the All about cookies or About cookies website. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality on various websites that does not work.

External cookies

Many sites we refer you to will immediately set session cookies. We cannot audit the use of cookies by these external sites so you should be aware of their use and be prepared to manage them if you follow links to other sites from this website.