Its Private Fostering Week

Sep 2021

Its Private Fostering Week


Private fostering is when a child or young person under 16 (or under 18 if disabled) is living with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. This might be a friend, a great aunt, a cousin or someone else known to the child or young person. A close relative is defined as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or step-parent by marriage. This type of arrangement is completely different to fostering arrangements where children and young people are placed with local authority approved foster carers, or via friends and family (kinship care) foster carers. Privately fostered children are not looked after children.

Many private fostering arrangements remain unknown to the local authority and this is a cause for concern as privately fostered children and young people, without the safeguards provided by law, are a particularly vulnerable group.

For further information see our web page.


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Many private fostering arrangements remain unknown and this is a cause for concern.

All practitioners should note the changes.

Information for practitioners working with families.

Places still available on this training course on Tuesday 20th July at 10am.