If you have a child living with you who is under the age of 16 and not related to you, you need to inform us.
When someone is looking after a child who is not the parent or close relative, this is called private fostering.
If the child is living with you for more than 28 days this is called a private fostering arrangement and by law you need to tell us.
You might be -
- a friend of the child's family
- someone willing to care for the child of a family they don't know
- relatives not mentioned in the list below (this means a blood relation for example a cousin or great aunt)
Relatives who are not classed as private foster carers -
- brother or sister
- aunt or uncle
- guardian or person with parental responsibility
To find out more including how to notify us about a private fostering arrangement