Private Fostering is when:
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.
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:
You may also find the following leaflets helpful - please click to download:
Private Fostering, A Short Film - Download
In April 2018, a multi-agency group looked at some local Private Fostering cases.
Find out about the learning here: