Private Fostering

Are you aware of a child who is living with someone who is not their close relative? If so, this could be a private fostering arrangement.

A private fostering arrangement is made independently between the parent or person with parental responsibility and the private foster carers (without local council involvement).These arrangements include young people under the age of 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) who are living with someone who is not considered to be a close relative.

The arrangement must continue for a minimum of 28 days for it to be considered as a private fostering arrangement. When a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for 28 days or more by someone who is not their parent or a close relative this is called a private fostering arrangement. Close relatives are defined as step parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or by marriage). Great aunts, great uncles or parents’ cousins are not classed as close relatives.

Wakefield Council has a legal duty to ensure that any child or young person is protected, safe, well looked after and does not come to any harm in a private fostering arrangement.

The law requires you to notify Wakefield Council within 6 weeks of:

  • Your child going to stay with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more, or
  • You going to look after someone else’s child for 28 days or moreIf a child or a young person is already staying with someone who is not a close relative you must notify us immediately on 0345 8503 503.
  • To notify Children’s Services about a child who is going to stay with someone who is not a close relative, please ring the Integrated Front Door on 0345 8503 503.

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