Private Fostering (Family & Friends)

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Private Fostering

If you live in the borough of Reading; if you are not related to the child or young person you are caring for and if they are staying with you for more than 28 days, the law says that you must inform Brighter Futures for Children.


What is Private Fostering?

Private fostering takes place when:

• a home and care is provided to a child under 16 years old (or under 18 years old if the child is disabled) by someone who is not related to them

• In this case a relative includes grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. It also includes half relatives, step parents and people who are related to the child by marriage.

• it is for 28 days or more

• it is a private arrangement between the carers and the child’s parents or guardian.


Examples of private fostering arrangements include:

• Children who are sent to live in this country for education and/or health care by birth parents who live overseas

• Children who live with a friend’s family because of separation, divorce or arguments at home

• Teenagers who live with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend

• Children whose parents work or study commitments involve unsociable hours which makes it difficult for them to use ordinary day or after school care

• Children whose parents may have a long term illness and are unable to look after them

• Children who are sent to friends during the holidays.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Family and Friends Team
0118 937 3641 – CSPoA 0118 937 3641 – CSPoA 0118 937 3740 – Fostering Family and Friends Team 0118 937 3740 – Fostering Family and Friends Team 0118 937 4451 - For Advice and Support - Adoption & Permanence Service 0118 937 4451 - For Advice and Support - Adoption & Permanence Service
Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) - Private Fostering
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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.


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