Private fostering - what you must do
Looking after someone’s child?
—or is someone else looking after yours?
By law you must tell your local authority when a child is looked after for 28 days or more, even on some occasions by a relative.
WHAT IS PRIVATE FOSTERING?
Private fostering is when a child or young person of up to 16 years of age (or 18 if the child is disabled) is in the care of someone who:
✓ Is not his or her parent
✓ Does not have parental responsibility
✓ Is not a close relative - such as a grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle (whether blood relative or by marriage) or a stepparent
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Get the right support now for you and the child.
Call 020 461 7309 to talk to the MASH Team
Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?
To find out more about private fostering read the short questions & answers below.