Quick Exit

Private Fostering

Do you know a child who is being cared for outside of their immediate family?

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’.

It is a private fostering arrangement if the arrangement lasts for 28 days or more.

It does NOT apply if the people caring for the child are:

  • step-parents
  • grandparents
  • brothers or sisters
  • uncles or aunts
  • whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity

Parents and private foster carers are required by law to let the council know before a private fostering arrangement begins.

However, if you did not know this, don't worry - you can let us know now.

For more detailed information on private fostering visit:

www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/private-fostering and then call the MASH team on 01344 352005.