Looking after someone else's child

  1. Looking after someone else's child (You are here)
  2. Reasons why you could be privately fostering a child
  3. What should I do if I intend to privately foster a child?
  4. The needs of the child 
  5. Support for you

If you are looking after, or intend to look after someone else's child, then may have entered into a private fostering arrangement. This means you may be a private foster carer and you are required to inform us of the agreement.

Private fostering occurs when a parent makes arrangements for their child to be cared for by someone other than themselves for more than 28 days. This may be with extended family (not a blood relative or someone connected through marriage) or a family friend. A child is considered anyone under the age of 16, or a disabled young person under 18.

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