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. l 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.
For more information, please see the Private Fostering leaflet below:-