Private fostering of my child
What must I do if someone else is or will be looking after my child?
- notify us (using our contact details) at least six weeks before the arrangement. If your child is already living with their private foster carer then you must notify us immediately
- ensure that the private fostering arrangement is safe for your child
- agree on financial arrangements for your child
- keep in regular contact with the private foster carer to make sure that your child is being looked after as you would wish
- if your child’s carer changes address, or if you decide to change carers you must notify us of this change immediately. If you do not notify us we will not be able to make sure your child is safe.
We are responsible for making sure that all privately fostered children are well cared for and safe.
We will do this by:
- making compulsory police checks on the private foster carers and anyone aged over 16 living in that household
- ensuring that the private foster carer receives the relevant support and advice required for looking after someone else’s child
- ensuring the child’s educational, emotional, cultural and physical needs are met
- helping parents and private foster carers to work together for the benefit of the child
- taking action if the care provided is not satisfactory.
We are not responsible for:
- the day-to-day care of your child
- any financial disputes between the parent and the private foster carer.