What is private fostering?
Private fostering is where a private arrangement has been made by the child’s parent (or someone with parental responsibility) and;
- the child is under the age of 16 (or 18 if the child is disabled)
- the child is living with a carer who is not a close relative (defined as: grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or stepparent by marriage)
- the arrangement is expected to last for more than 28 days and on a full time basis
If you're looking after someone else’s child who is not a close relative then the law says you need to let the local authority know.