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What is private fostering?

Private fostering is when a child under 16 years old (or under 18 years old if disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation by an adult who is not a relative* for 28 days or more. A private arrangement between a parent and a carer.

*The Children Act defines relative in relation to a child as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt. They could be a full or half relation and could be related by marriage. The term also includes a step-parent. A cohabitee of the mother or father would not qualify as a relative, neither would extended family such as a great aunt or uncle or parents cousins.


For example:
• Children sent to this country for education or health care by parents living overseas
• Children living with a friend’s family as a result of porce or arguments at home
• Teenagers living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend
• Children whose parents study or work involves unsociable hours which make it difficult for them to use ordinary day care or after school care.

If you require more information about which arrangements fall within the scope of private fostering please call The London Borough of Waltham Forest on: 020 8496 2310.

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Frederick Bremer School works very closely with the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is vital that the school is aware of every private fostering arrangement so that we can safeguard and promote the welfare of potentially vulnerable students.
If you know of a child who is being privately fostered who attends Frederick Bremer please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school by calling 020 8498 3340 or by emailing e.hillman@bremer.waltham.sch.uk. Staff members have been fully trained in this area and all concerns are recorded in CPOMS.

For more information about Private Fostering in Waltham Forest visit: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/privatefostering

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