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Private fostering

Do you have a child living with you who is not a close relative? Or is your child living with someone else for short while? It could count as private fostering which by law you must tell us about.

What is private fostering?​

If a child:
  • is under 16 years old (or under 18 if disabled) and
  • lives away from the family home for more than 28 days and
  • is not living with a close relative
  • this counts as private fostering and you must tell us about it.
  • grandparent
  • brother or sister
  • uncle or aunt
  • step-parent
who is also a full or half relation by blood or marriage.
 
Private fostering can include:
  • children sent from abroad to live with another family in this country
  • children at boarding school who stay with another family during their school holidays
  • overseas students who are living with a carer or host family for more than 28 days
  • a teenager living with friends or in the home of a boyfriend or girlfriend because they are not getting along with their own family
  • children living with another family because their own parents are ill, in hospital for a long time or because of family breakdown.
 
 

Tell us a child is being privately fostered

If you:
  • have asked someone else who is not a close relative to look after your child
  • are looking after a child who is not a close relative
  • are worried that a child might be being fostered privately
  • work with children and you know that a child is being privately fostered
you should phone us on 020 8430 2000.
 

Why you must tell us about private fostering

Even if your child is not living with you, as a parent you are still responsible for your child. By law you must tell us about private fostering arrangements so that we can make sure that the child’s care meets his or her needs, protect the child or young person.
 
It is a criminal offence not to report a private fostering arrangement if your child is being privately fostered or you are privately fostering a child.
 

Working with children

If you are a professional or agency working with children you have a duty under Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 to tell us of any child or young person who is being, or is going to be, privately fostered.
 
 

After you tell us about a possible private fostering arrangement

As soon as we know about the arrangement, a social worker from our Safeguarding Team will visit the child in the home he or she is living in, within seven days, to check that he or she is:
  • being given regular meals
  • in good health
  • dressed in clean clothes
  • going to school
  • staying in touch with their family and friends
  • being given access to their cultural traditions, including religion.
We will also tell the GP and school so that they can check the child’s health and school attendance.
 

If we decide that a child is NOT being privately fostered

If we decide that a child is not being privately fostered, we will either:
  • close the case or
  • continue to work with the family if we think the child may be at risk of harm or neglect.

If we decide that a child IS being privately fostered

If we decide that a child is being privately fostered, we will send a social worker from our Private Fostering Team to visit the home he or she is living in.
 
The social worker will report back to the Private Fostering Panel.
 

First year after we are aware of a private fostering arrangement

A social worker will then visit the private foster home every six weeks for the first year. The Private Fostering Panel will meet at the end of that year to review the case.
 
If the private fostering arrangement continues, the social worker will visit the foster family every 12 weeks until the child is 16 years old (18 years old if the child is disabled).
 

Supporting privately fostered children

We will give every privately fostered child a social worker who the child can contact at any time and who will see the child alone during every visit.
 
We will also:
  • make sure that private foster carers and other people in the house are assessed and given a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • organise training courses for the private foster carers on matters such as child development and child protection
  • check the child’s health at every visit and encourage carers to take the child to the dentist every six months and the optician every year
  • take immediate action if we think that the child is at risk.
 

Complaints

If you are not happy with how we have dealt with your case, you should email fosteringsupportteam@newham.gov.uk or phone us on 020 8430 2000 and we will try to put it right.
 
If you are still not happy, you can make a formal complaint.
 

If you are a child or young person

If you are a child or young person and you are not happy with how we have dealt with your case, you should  email childrensrights@newham.gov.uk or phone  0800 0131650. The Children's Rights Team will help you to make a complaint.
 
 

Before you make a private fostering arrangement

If you are thinking of arranging for a child to live with someone else or you are considering taking a child into your home, you should phone us on 020 8430 2000 to tell us about the arrangement.

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Contact us

  • Newham Private Fostering Service
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    London
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 3844

    Email us
  • Children and Young People's Service
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    London
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 4600

  • Children's Rights Service

    07909906954

    Email us