Private Fostering

What is Private Fostering?

  • Private Fostering arrangements are made, privately, between two parties for a child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled). This arrangement would be with someone who is not a parent or close relative, and is due to last 28 days or more.
  • Private fostering is used as a form of childcare by parents who are not able to take care of their child on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Children Act (1989) defines a close relative as a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle (whether by birth, adoption or marriage), or a step-parent - none of these would be classed as private foster carers.

Private Fostering and the Council

  • We do not arrange Private Foster care.
  • You must tell us six weeks in advance if you are setting up a private fostering arrangement. If we are not informed, you may receive a fine.
  • We will then check the suitability of the Private Foster Carers.
  • In cases of emergency, you must tell us within 48 hours of the arrangement being set up.
  • We will make regular visits to the child to check on the standard of care being provided.
  • We ensure that Private Foster Carers and birth families have all the necessary information and advice they require.
  • You must tell us if a Private Fostering arrangement has ended.

Are you in a Private Fostering arrangement?

Please download the Private Fostering leaflet below.

Further Information

If you think you are in a Private Fostering arrangement, or know anyone who may be, please contact us.

If you wish to tell us of a Private Fostering arrangement, please complete the Notification of Private Fostering Placement form below. 

For further information see the Private Fostering - Statement of Purpose below. 

Page last updated: 31/01/2017