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Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (or 18 if they are disabled) is in the care of someone other than their parents or close relative.

Last updated: 16 November 2021

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (or 18 if they are disabled) is in the care of someone other than their parents or close relative.

Parents and carers must notify the council when agreeing on private fostering.

Professionals working with children have a duty to notify us of private fostering situations. You should discuss this with the carer and or parents of the child.

To notify us of a private fostering arrangement please complete the private fostering formĀ or contact us (see below)

Private fostering regulations

There are regulations to protect children in private foster care. While many children will be fine, some could be at risk of abuse.

It is the responsibility of the local council to intervene in these situations.

Contact information

020 8496 2310 (Out of hours: 020 8496 3000)

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Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

221 Hoe Street
Walthamstow
London
E17 9PH