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Private fostering

What is a Private Fostering Arrangement?

A private foster child is a child who has been placed, through a private arrangement, with a family which is not related to the child, and the following conditions are met: 

  • The child is aged under 16 years, or in the case of a disabled child is under 18 years;
  • The child is being cared for and accommodated by a person other than a parent, a person with parental responsibility, or a relative. A relative means a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full blood or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent;
  • The child has been, or will be, cared for and accommodated by the person concerned for at least 28 days;
  • The child is not looked after by a local authority or on behalf of a voluntary organisation;
  • The child is not living in premises in which a parent, a person who has parental responsibility for the child, or a relative who has take on the care of the child, is living. 


Private Fostering Frequent Asked Questions (Word 18kb opens in a new window)


Do you need to notify the local authority of a Private Fostering Arrangement?

Many young people in a private fostering arrangement, parents or private foster carers are not aware that there is a legal requirement to notify the Local Authority of such an arrangement for their child. 

If you know of a child living in a Private Fostering Arrangement please contact the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub on 01482 395500 to make a referral.  If you would like to know more about Private Fostering itself please contact Mike Hill on 01482 396999

A quick guide to private fostering is available to download here:

A quick guide to private fostering (pdf 63.8kb opens in new window)

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Private Fostering Statement of Purpose can be downloaded here:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Statement of Purpose (pdf 1MB opens in a new window)

Are you a private foster carer? (pdf 23.6mb opens in new window) 

Is your child being privately fostered? (pdf 2.51mb opens in new window)

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Where can I find out more? 

The Department for Education also has further information on private fostering arrangements:

Department for education - private fostering web page (external website) 

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