Looking after somebody else's child - Private Fostering

Private Fostering is when a child, under the age of 16 years (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, for 28 days or more.

Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during school holiday time in school are now seen as privately fostered; or more than 2 weeks in hospital.

Who is defined as a close relative?

Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. To be private fostering, the arrangement has not been made by the local authority, and the child or young person is not being looked after by an approved foster carer.

Find out more about Fostering, including Private Fostering:

Kingston Council website

Richmond Council website