Private Fostering Policy (2021)

Most children and young people spend some time away from their home and stay with relatives and friends. Some of these children and young people may stay for longer and therefore special measures may apply.

If a child or young person is under 16 and under 18 is disabled and living with a family member or friend for longer than 28 days this is seen as Private Fostering. This does not have to be continuous and periods staying with family members or friends that add up to 28 days or longer in any period this may then be seen as Private Fostering. Private Fostering is an arrangement made by the parent with the carer who has agreed to look after the child or young person on their behalf. In some circumstances, they may not have agreed or the circumstances of their living arrangements raises concerns.

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