Looking after someone else's child (private fostering)
Let us know about a private fostering arrangement
It is important that we are made aware of any private fostering arrangements.
This is just so that we can ensure that the arrangement is meeting the child's needs and that they are safe and well.
When to let us know
It is a legal requirement for the local authority to be informed of private fostering arrangements. This should be done 6 weeks before the arrangement begins.
If you were not aware of the need to tell us, you should do so as soon as possible.
Who can let us know
Anyone can let us know about a private fostering arrangement.
We usually find that professionals or friends and extended family will have most knowledge about a child's circumstances.
Professionals could include teachers, religious leader, doctors or health visitors.
Informing us of a private fostering arrangement is not breaking confidentiality. It allows us to protect the child and support the carer.
How we can help
Once we are informed of a private fostering arrangement, we will:
- carry out a home visit to assess the suitability of the arrangement
- ensure that the carer is meeting the child's needs
- provide support and advice to carers to ensure they are getting the help they need
Contact our private fostering team
You can contact us to:
- inform us of a private fostering arrangement
- request support with a private fostering arrangement
- report that the carer is not giving you enough information about your child or that you are unhappy with the standard of care
- report a change in circumstances (i.e. the child has moved back with their parent or to another carer)
If you or someone you know is aware of a private fostering arrangement, you can let us know using our contact form.