Private fostering

When you must tell us

We have a duty to safeguard the wellbeing of privately-fostered children.

By law, you must inform us:

  • at least six weeks before a child comes to live with you
  • within 48 hours of the child coming to live with you due to an emergency
  • if you already have a child living with you
  • at least 48 hours before a child leaves your care and tell us where they are going

If you do not tell us, you are committing an offence and we may fine you.