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Terrington St Clement Community School

A traditional school with traditional values

Private Fostering

Private fostering is a private arrangement when a child under the age of 16 (or 18 if the child has a disability) lives with someone who is NOT a close relative for 28 days or more.  This arrangement is called 'private' due to being arranged between the child's parents and the carer.

Common examples of Private Fostering arrangements are:

  • A child living with a friend's family due to family breakdown or any of the following:
  • A child from overseas staying with a host family while attending a langauge school
  • A child living with someone from their extended family such as a cousin or great aunt
  • A child staying with another family because their family works long or unsociable hours
  • A child whose parents work away (or in armed forces) for periods of time.
  • A child who was adopted in another country, where the adoption is not legally recognised in the UK.

What is not Private Fostering?:

  • When a child is living with a close relative ie: their grandparents, aunt, uncle, brother, sister or step-parents (where  of full blood, half blood or marriage / civil partnership)
  • When a social worker is instrumental in arranging/setting up or placing a child.

For more information, please click on the link to take you to the private fostering website: