Private fostering

Private fostering is when parents make a special arrangement for their child to stay with someone else for more than 28 days consecutively.

About private fostering

Private fostering is when a: 

  • Child under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more
  • Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
  • This arrangement has not been made by the local authority 
  • The child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer  

A close relative will be stepparents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, or aunts. 

Private fostering arrangements should be notified to the Single Point of Access

For more details view Kingston and Richmond LSCB private fostering policy and Achieving for Children's fostering information

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