What is private fostering?
Private fostering is different from the care of children provided by the Council. For example, Private Fostering requires parents to exercise full parental responsibility and they are responsible for making the arrangement with the prospective carer. The Council does not approve or register private foster carers but acts in a supervisory, regulatory and advisory role. Private fostering is where a child or young person up to the age of 16 (or 18 for a child with a disability) lives with an adult who is not a parent, close relative or approved foster carer. This could last for 28 days or more under a private arrangement (i.e. not made by the Council or voluntary organisation with an approved foster carer). In relation to private fostering, the law defines a close relative as a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt and uncle. This also includes step-parents and half brothers and sisters. Therefore, private foster carers may be a child’s cousin, great aunt/uncle, family friend, neighbour or even someone unknown to the family.
Please see the Private Fostering Leaflet below:-