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Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (18 if they are disabled) is in the care of someone other than their parents or close relative.

Parents and carers must notify the council when agreeing on private fostering.

Professionals working with children have a duty to notify the council of private fostering situations. You should discuss this with the carer and/or parents of the child.

To notify us of a private fostering arrangement please complete the private fostering form or contact us (see details below).

Notify us about a private fostering arrangement

Notification

Parents and carers must notify the council when agreeing on private fostering.

Professionals working with children have a duty to notify the local authority of private fostering situations. You should discuss this with the carer and/or parents of the child.

To notify us of a private fostering arrangement please complete the online private fostering form or contact us (see details below).

Notify us of a private fostering arrangement

Private fostering regulations

There are regulations to protect children in private foster care. While many children will be fine, some could be at risk of abuse. It is the responsibility of the local council to intervene in these situations.

Contact

To notify us of a private fostering arrangement or to find out more please complete the  private fostering form or contact:

Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
221 Hoe Street
Walthamstow
London
E17 9PH

Tel: 020 8496 2310 (Mon-Thurs, 9am-5.15pm and Fri, 9am-5pm), out of hours: 020 8496 3000
Email MASHrequests@walthamforest.gov.uk

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