Do you know a child being looked after by someone who is not a close relative?
If you do this is known as private fostering. Private fostering is defined as:

"when a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they have a disability) is looked after by someone who is not a parent, close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility for 28 days or more without the involvement of City of Wolverhampton Council."

Close relatives are defined as:

  • Brothers and sisters     
  • Aunts and uncles
  • Grandparents
  • Step-parents

An arrangement is likely to be private fostering if the child lives with:

  • Cousin
  • Friend
  • Neighbour
  • Host family
  • Great aunt/uncle
  • Great grandparent
  • A divorced step-parent
  • Independent boarding school (if the child remains for more than two weeks during the holidays)
  • Cultural use of aunt or uncle who are no blood relation

If you know of a child who is in a private fostering arrangement you have a legal responsibility to tell City of Wolverhampton Council. Please call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01902 555392 to discuss it. Out of office hours, if you think that a child is at immediate risk, please call 01902 552999.

Click here for a copy of the Private Fostering in Wolverhampton leaflet.

To find out more go to http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/privatefostering

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