Private fostering arrangements should always be reported to the local authority via the MASH
What is Private Fostering?
• When a child under 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) is cared for by someone, who is not a close relative, for 28 days or more
• It is private fostering if the child lives with someone from their extended family such as a great aunt or great uncle or their parents’ cousins
• A private foster carer may be a friend of the family of the child, or another adult that the child doesn’t know, but who is willing to foster privately
• It is not private fostering when a child is living with a close relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister or step-parent