If you are thinking of looking after someone else’s child, you should contact us before the child arrives. Tell us at least 6 weeks before they arrive, or straight away if they have already arrived.
The law requires us to make sure the child will be safe and the arrangement is in their best interests. We will need to assess you and your family members. This assessment will include:
- DBS and health checks on you and all members of your household aged 16 and over.
- Checks on your accommodation to make sure it is suitable and safe
- Making sure you have all the information you need to care for the child
- Regular visits to the child when they are living with you
This assessment will only relate to a particular arrangement. It won’t be an assessment of your general suitability as a private foster carer.
While you are looking after someone else’s child, you may be entitled to Child Benefit Opens in a new window or other benefits.22637
A guide to private fostering and what it means in Torbay.
Poster displaying information about private fostering in Torbay.
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.
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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