Private fostering is a care arrangement in which a child is looked after for more than 27 days by someone who is not their:
- Parent (or step-parent or someone else with parental responsibility or legal order).
- Sibling (including half-siblings).
- Aunt or uncle.
Private fostering is an agreement between the child’s parent and a private carer to look after the child while the parent is away. By law, private fostering arrangements must be registered with Camden Council’s Children’s Safeguarding and Social Work (CSSW), which has a duty to make sure that children living with private foster carers are being well cared for.
New regulations mean that there is a responsibility to report any private fostering arrangements that come to their attention to CSSW. Details below:
Telephone: 020 7974 6783