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Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

“Many private foster carers do an excellent job, but not all are good. I know personally how awful things can be when they go wrong. I encourage people working with children to work with local authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.”

Kriss Akabusi MBE MA