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A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (without the involvement of a local authority) for the care of a child under the age of 16 years (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative*, in their own home, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more.
*Close family relative is defined as a ‘grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt’ and includes half-siblings and step-parents; it does not include great-aunts or uncles, great grandparents or cousins.
Each party involved in the private fostering arrangement has a legal duty to inform the relevant local authority at least six weeks before the arrangement is due to start. Not to do so is a criminal offence.
The legislation governing private fostering is the ‘Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005’. More information on private fostering and what to do can be found here: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/privatefostering