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Are you looking after someone else’s child?
If someone is looking after a child or young
person under 16 years old (or 18 if they have a disability) for 28
days or more and is not
- their parent or someone with
parental responsibility for them;
- a close relative eg. grandparent,
biological uncle or aunt
then that person or the child's parent, guardian or
carer must contact us before or as soon as possible after
the arrangement begins. This will help keep the child
safe and provide support for the child carer and
parent during this period of "private fostering".
Private fostering includes language students staying with a
host family, children from abroad staying with relatives (e.g.
cousins), and children who are staying with their friend's family
or family friends for any reason.
It is not private fostering if the arrangement was made by the
Council's children's services or if the person looking after
the child is an approved foster carer.
Tell us about a "private
fostering" arrangement or phone us
on 01634 33 44 66 for more on the
responsibilities of a private foster carer.