Private Fostering

Help us to identify children and young people in private fostering

A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made without the involvement of the Local Authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative, for 28 days or more.

Examples of private fostering might include a child or young person living with great grandparents, godparent, great aunt or uncle, a family friend, a step parent where the couple are not legally married or a cousin. It will also include a host family who are caring for a child from overseas whilst they are attending education.

Private Fostering would not include a child or young person living with a brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, and a step parent where the couple are legally married or with a mother or father.

It is a legal duty for parents or the private foster carer to notify Central Bedfordshire's Fostering Service but we also urge anyone who works with children or young people to help identify those potentially vulnerable children.

Help us to keep children safe and support families in your local community by informing us of these arrangements and contacting our Access and Referral Hub on  0300 300 8585 or by email

Private Fostering Leaflet (electronic use)

Private Fostering Poster (electronic use)



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