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Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under the age of 16 (under 18 if they have a disability) is cared for and provided with accommodation for more than 28 days by an adult who is not a relative, by private arrangement between the parent and carer.

A relative can be a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt. They can be a full or half relation, related by marriage or step-parents.

Partners of the mother or father of a child, and extended family members such as great aunts and uncles or parent’s cousins, do not qualify as a relative.

Privately fostered children are safeguarded by legislation and it is essential that the City of London Children and Families team is aware of such arrangements so that they can safeguard and promote the welfare of potentially vulnerable children.

If you are looking after somebody's child on a full-time basis, or if someone who is not a close relative is looking after yours on a full-time basis, please contact the Children and Families Team for advice, support, and to find out your legal obligations.

For more informations see the private fostering web link below.

Who to contact

020 7332 3621
020 8356 2710 (out of hours)
Private fostering

Where to go

Children and Families Team
North Wing, Guildhall
PO Box 270


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