Looking after someone else’s child
If you have a child living with you who is under the age of 16 and not related to you, you need to inform us.
When someone is looking after a child who is not the parent or close relative, this is called private fostering.
If the child is living with you for more than 28 days this is called a private fostering arrangement and by law, you need to tell us.
You might be:
- a friend of the child’s family
- someone willing to care for the child of a family they don’t know
- relatives not mentioned in the list below (for example a cousin or great aunt)
Relatives who are not classed as private foster carers:
- brother or sister
- aunt or uncle
- guardian or person with parental responsibility
How to tell us
Telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for the Contact Centre.
What happens next
A social worker will arrange to come and see you and the child to ensure the child’s needs are being met.