Private Fostering Week 2018

Thursday July 2018

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It's Private Fostering Week 2018.

Private Fostering is……..

When a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative for 28 days or more.

Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts.

To qualify as private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.

All Private Fostering arrangements must be notified to the Local Authority via the MASH Team 020 8461 7373 / 7379 / 7026 or

For more information, read our Private Fostering page on