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Private Fostering - Advice for Parents and Carers

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (18 if they have a disability) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative. This is a private arrangement made between a parents and a carer for 28 days or more.

Cousins, aunts/uncles and family friends are not close relatives.

Close relatives are:

  • step-parents
  • grandparents
  • brothers and sisters
  • uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/civil partnership).


Private fostering and the law

If you live in Sandwell, the law says you must tell us if:

  • your child is being privately fostered
  • you are caring for someone else's child as a private foster carer.

This is because we have a legal duty to make sure that all children being privately fostered are being cared for by a suitable carer in a suitable environment. 

If you know of a private fostering arrangement, but are not the parent or the foster carer, it's important that you tell someone.

Contact the Sandwell Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0121 569 3100 where you will be able to talk to someone about your concerns.

Alternatively you can speak to a trusted adult in school who will be able to get you help.

Further information