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If you look after someone else's child and this is likely to last for 28 days or longer, you may be a private foster carer. If this is the case you need to inform Children's Social Care.
- Is the child you are looking after under 16 (under 18 if they are disabled)?
- Is the child you are looking after NOT a close relative i.e. brother, sister, grandchild, niece or nephew?
- Will you be looking after the child for more than 27 days?
If all the above statements are true, then a private fostering arrangement may exist between you and the child's parents; and you should contact Children's Social Care without delay.
Children's Social Care needs to know that the child is living with you, in order to fulfil their duty to make sure the child's needs are being met.
A Private Fostering Arrangement is one made without the involvement of the Local Authority, for the care of a child under 16 (18 if the child has a disability) with a person not counted as a parent or close relative. There should be an intention that the arrangement will last 28 days or more.
Close relatives include:
- Aunt or uncle
- Brother or sister
- Legal guardian
Private fostering is an arrangement between the parent and the person who has agreed to look after the child.
You can contact Children's Social Care on 0115 876 5600.