Looking after someone else's child (private fostering)

Private fostering: information for professionals

Most parents and private foster carers are not aware that they have to notify their local authority of any arrangements made. This makes it difficult for us to check if the children are being looked after properly.

Many professionals including teachers, doctors, health visitors, nurses, religious leaders and nursery staff have regular contact with children and may find out about such arrangements.

We are asking you to inform us of any arrangements you become aware of and to remind parents and carers of their legal responsibility to inform us.

Professionals, parents and private foster carers should inform us preferably in advance of any arrangements being made or as soon as they are told of this requirement.

Letting the local authority know about a private fostering arrangement is not breaking confidentiality and is good practice in safeguarding.

Join our workshop

Join our virtual Private Fostering for Professionals workshop to understand more about private fostering and the importance of multi-agency involvement in identifying and safeguarding children living in possible private fostering arrangements.

Next Dates:

  • Wednesday 13 July, 2 to 3pm
  • Wednesday 8 September, 2 to 3pm

Email [email protected] to book a space on this Teams workshop.

Help us raise awareness

Help us raise awareness of what private fostering is by:

  • printing and displaying our private fostering poster on your staff noticeboards
  • mentioning private fostering in your staff meetings
  • handing out leaflets (email us to request hard copies of our private fostering leaflets)

Contact us

There can be lots of reasons why a child doesn’t live at home and their parent has arranged for someone else to care for them.

It’s often the best option for them, we just need to know so we can support everyone and make sure the child is safe and being well looked after.

Contact us to let us know about a private fostering arrangement.

Contact us

Alternatively, you can contact us on 01494 586 460 or [email protected].