Bradford Safeguarding Children
10 Point Briefing Note:
Private Fostering - August 2015 -
Private Fostering Briefing
See the Bradford Council leaflet 'What is Private Fostering'
The law states that a private fostering arrangement is:
caring for somebody else's child who is not a close
relative of the child. A close relative is a guardian,
grandparent, uncle, auntie, brother, sister or
arrangement is expected to last more than 28 days.
child or young person is under the age of 16, or 18 if
the young person has a disability.
needs to know about children and young people in these types
of arrangements as they are potentially vulnerable as they
are not living with their parents.
The law around private fostering was strengthened following
the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Report. Victoria Climbie was a
child who was abused and murdered after being placed with
her father's great aunt. This arrangement would by
definition have been considered as private fostering.
Private fostering is significantly under reported. Out of
the estimated 10,000 children in private fostering
arrangements, local authorities know of about 2,000. The
Council needs to assess and identify any support these
children may need.
Action people should take includes:
and carers must let the Council know if they are
setting up a private fostering arrangement.
health and other professionals must contact the
Council about a private fostering arrangement that comes
to their attention if they don’t think the arrangement
has been or will be reported.
of the public should contact the Council if they are
aware or suspect that a child is living in a private
fostering arrangement that hasn’t been reported to the
foster carers must contact the Council so that
essential welfare checks can take place to make sure
that the child or young person receives the right
To report a
private fostering arrangement contact:
Children's Initial Contact Point at Sir Henry Mitchell House
on 01274 437500
The contact point will be able to advise private foster
cares, parents and professionals of what they need to do,
give further information and answer any queries about
Cllr. Ralph Berry, Executive Member for Health and Social
Care, said: “People can sometimes look after a child or
young person without realising they have a legal duty to
contact the Council and let us know.
“Everyone needs to know what private fostering means and
what they need to do if they become aware that a child is
being privately fostered. It’s all about making sure that
the child or young person is safe and their needs are being
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