Private Fostering

 

https://youtu.be/Gm5hZLLQ62I

A private foster carer is someone other than a parent or a close relative who cares for a child for a period of 28 days or more, in agreement with the child's parent. It applies only to children under 16 years, or under 18 if they are disabled.

Private foster carers can be part of the child's wider family, a friend of the family, the parents of the child's boyfriend or girlfriend or someone unknown but willing to foster the child. Close relatives - a grandparent, a brother or sister, an aunt or an uncle, a step parent - are not private foster carers.

Some of the common situations where children are privately fostered are:

  • Where parents are unable to care for their children, for example if they have chronic ill health or are in prison
  • Where children from abroard are sent to stay with relatives, often to improve their education
  • Teenagers who have broken ties with their parents and are staying in the short-term with friends

Those living with host families whilst taking courses of study

Children's Social Care is not involved in making private fostering arrangements but is responsible for checking that the arrangements are suitable for the child. As a professional it is important for you to notify Children's Social Care if you are in contact with a child or young person who is being privately fostered. This will help protect the child against abuse or neglect and provide some reassurance that the child is being looked after properly.

Visit the North Yorkshire County Council Private Fostering page on their website or open the documents below to find out more:

Private Fostering Practice Guidance

Private Fostering Practice Guidance

One Minute Guide to Private Fostering One Minute Guide to Private Fostering for Professionals

    

Worried about a child?

Latest News

Mental health high on agenda for young voices

Raising awareness of mental health issues among young people has been one of the early achievements of the North Yorkshire Youth Executive, which brings together young people from different backgrounds from across the county.

North Yorkshire is first in social care for “outstanding” Ofsted in all areas

North Yorkshire is the first and only authority nationally to have received an ‘outstanding’ grade in every category under a new and challenging social care inspection framework which focuses on the effectiveness of frontline practice.

The Safe Car Wash App

Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. The National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being exploited in the UK, forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under...

#Knifefree

The Home Office’s #Knifefree campaign seeks to steer people away from knife crime by making them aware of the risks and highlighting positive alternatives to carrying a knife.

Wud U? App

Teachers and care professionals who work with young people who might be at risk of sexual exploitation - Barnardos has released an award-winning smartphone app designed to educate you people about the dangers...

Trespassing on the railway network

People fail to understand the danger they put themselves and others in when they make the choice to stp on the track...

Latest Tweet