If you are looking after a child in a private fostering arrangement then the following information is important to you.
Private fostering is when a parent or guardian places a child who is under school leaving age in the care of someone else, who is not a close relative or an officially approved foster carer, for a period of more than 28 days.
Although the arrangement is private we have a duty to ensure the child/young person's welfare and the arrangements and carers are satisfactory.
Social Work must visit a child in a private fostering arrangement every three months for the first year of a placement, and every six months in other circumstances. A written report must be provided on each visit.