Practitioners and professionals

Private fostering

What is a Private Fostering Arrangement?

A private foster child is a child who has been placed, through a private arrangement, with a family which is not related to the child, and the following conditions are met: 

  • The child is aged under 16 years, or in the case of a disabled child is under 18 years;
  • The child is being cared for and accommodated by a person other than a parent, a person with parental responsibility, or a relative. A relative means a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full blood or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent;
  • The child has been, or will be, cared for and accommodated by the person concerned for at least 28 days;
  • The child is not looked after by a local authority or on behalf of a voluntary organisation;
  • The child is not living in premises in which a parent, a person who has parental responsibility for the child, or a relative who has take on the care of the child, is living. 

 

Private Fostering Frequent Asked Questions

Do you need to notify the local authority of a Private Fostering Arrangement? 

Many young people in a private fostering arrangement, parents or private foster carers are not aware that there is a legal requirement to notify the Local Authority of such an arrangement for their child. 

If you know of a child living in a Private Fostering Arrangement please contact the East Riding Children’s Safeguarding Hub (SaPH) 01482 395500 (out of hours 01482 3939390) to make a referral. 

 

A quick guide to private fostering is available to download:

A quick guide to private fostering

 

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Private Fostering Statement of Purpose can be downloaded:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Statement of Purpose