Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative.
Close relatives are defined as:
- brothers or sisters
- uncles or aunts
They can be full blood, half blood or marriage/partnership.
This is usually a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more.
While many of these children will be fine, some could be at risk of abuse.
Phone: Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) - 01708 433222 (Out of hours/weekends - 01708 433999)
Examples of private fostering
- children and teenagers living apart from their families for a variety of reasons, eg a parent is ill, has had to temporarily move for work, or there has been an argument within the family
- children with parents working or studying elsewhere in the UK
- children with parents overseas
- children on holiday exchanges for longer than 28 days
- children living with host families while studying in the UK