We are legally required to make sure children who are privately fostered are being cared for by a suitable carer in an appropriate environment.
You need to tell us if you are thinking of placing your child with a private foster carer. Tell us at least 6 weeks before the arrangement is due to start, or straight away if the placement has already started. We will offer advice and help you to make the best arrangement for your child. It is your responsibility to ensure that the proposed private fostering placement is suitable for your child but we will need to carry out checks on the private foster carer and their family members to ensure that they are meeting your child’s needs.
You need to give the carer as much information as possible about your child, including their health requirements, eating preferences, school, hobbies, religion and ethnic or cultural backgrounds. This will help the carer to understand your child and take better care of them.
You don’t give up your parental rights just because you have placed your child with private foster carers. You remain the person with parental responsibility and you should continue to be involved in all decisions concerning your child’s development. It is very important that you remain in frequent contact with your child.
Information from the DfE for people looking after someone else's child.
Information from the DfE for parent's whose child is being looked after by someone else.
This document contains the National Minimum Standards for Private Fostering which came into force on 18 July 2005, and the Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005.
Poster displaying information about private fostering in Torbay.
A guide to private fostering and what it means in Torbay.
Information from the DfE for professionals in the education, health and social care fields which explains their roles and responsibilities in private fostering.
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