Private Fostering is when a child under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more.
What is defined as a close relative?
Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. To be private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.
Still not sure? Click here to see the Private Fostering flowchart or watch this short animation
What if you are a private fosterer?
By law, the local authority has the duty to safeguard and protect children from harm, therefore by law the private fosterer should:
How to notify the local council:
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