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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)

Private fostering A3 poster (pdf 2.21mb 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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