NYSCP Private Fostering - North Yorkshire

Worried about a child?
Make a Referral

Click here

Private Fostering

Private Fostering

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 abroad 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.

Private Fostering Practice Guidance:

Image

Resource Library

Find the latest forms, guidance, tools and documents to help you safeguard children in North Yorkshire by searching in our resource library

More

Our latest news

21 Jul 2021

We welcome anyone who works or volunteers with children, young people and their families across North Yorkshire

We have launched three new Mini Masterclasses to help you keep up to date with current developments surrounding safeguarding children...

Read More
01 Jul 2021

Public Engagement as Local Area SEND Strategy is developed

North Yorkshire County Council, Parent carer voice, and local Clinical Commissioning groups are developing a joint strategy for North Yorkshire...

Read More
30 Jun 2021

REPORT REMOVE – new tool to empower children and young people to stop spread of nude images online

REPORT REMOVE – new tool to empower children and young people to stop spread of nude images online North Yorkshire...

Read More
29 Jun 2021

The Sleep Charity Free Webinars.

The Sleep Charity is presenting free webinars for both parents and professionals that might have to deal with sleep issues....

Read More
MoreView all our news