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Private Fostering

Private Fostering is where a child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled) is cared for and accommodated by someone other than a parent or close relative* for more than 28 days. Parents and the private foster carers are legally responsible for notifying the local authority of their intentions at least 6 weeks in advance, or in emergency cases, immediately after the child becomes Privately Fostered.

To notify the Council of a private fostering arrangement please contact the Integrated Front Door (IFD) using the link below:

IFD Portal


Click here for more information on private fostering.

*Close Relatives are Step Parents, Grandparents, Brothers/Sisters or Aunts/Uncles.