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Caring for Children

Provided by the Children's Services Department

Private Fostering

Private fostering is an arrangement by a child’s parents for their child to be cared for by another adult who is not closely related and is not a legal guardian with parental responsibility.

It is not private fostering if the carer is a close relative to the child such as grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt - this is Informal Family Care.

Children and teenagers who are under 16 (18 if disabled) are considered to be privately fostered if they live with someone for 28 days or more.

The law states that carers and parents must notify the Children's Services Department of any private fostering arrangement. We need to be sure that the child is safe, healthy and happy and offer support to you as private foster carers and parents where needed.

You can also Notify Children's Services about a private fostering arrangement online.

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Children and young people's information

Practitioners or anyone working with or supporting families