Private Fostering

What is private fostering?

Private fostering is when a child or young person of up to 16 years old (or 18, if the child is disabled) is in the care of someone who:

  • Is not his or her parent
  • Does not have parental responsibility
  • Is not a close relative 

Close relatives are defined as grandparents, brothers , sisters, uncles, aunts (whether of full blood or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent under the Children Act 1989.

If a child or young person is being looked after by anyone else then this is known as a private fostering arrangement. If you are aware of a private fostering arrangement then you need to let us know. Please visit our private fostering pages for more advice about what you need to do.