Examples of private fostering include:
Children are not privately fostered if they are living with a relative as defined by The Children Act: parent, grandparent, step parent, sibling, uncle, aunt, by full or half relation or by marriage.
If you are a parent or carer, you must tell Children's Services at least six weeks before the arrangement begins, that you intend to privately foster a child.
If however the arrangement is made in an emergency, then you must tell Children's Services within 48 hours; this is now law.
For further advice or information about private fostering, please contact Children's Services between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.