A private fostering arrangement is made independently between the parent or person with parental responsibility and the private foster carers (without local council involvement).
These arrangements include young people under the age of 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) who are living with someone who is not considered to be a close relative.
The arrangement must continue for a minimum of 28 days for it to be considered as a private fostering arrangement.
When a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for 28 days or more by someone who is not their parent or a close relative this is called a private fostering arrangement. Close relatives are defined as step parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or by marriage). Great aunts, great uncles or parents’ cousins are not classed as close relatives.