Private fostering

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:

  • step-parents
  • grandparents
  • 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.

Tell us about private fostering

Phone: Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) - 01708 433222 (Out of hours/weekends - 01708 433999)
Email:tmash@havering.gov.uk

Examples of private fostering

  • children and teenagers living apart from their families for a variety of reasons, e.g. 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

Documents

Professionals guide to private fostering
Children and young peoples guide to private fostering
Carers and parents guide to private fostering
Private fostering statement of purpose

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