Private fostering is defined in the Children Act 1989 as providing accommodation and caring for a child under the age of 16 (or under 18 if they are disabled) for more than 28 days, when you are not the child’s parent or close relative or do not have parental responsibility in law.
Either the private foster carer or the birth parent must inform the local council of the arrangement and the council must check the suitability of the private foster carers and make regular visits to the child. The council also has the power to remove a child from a private foster care placement if there are concerns for a child’s welfare.
Any professional who learns that a child is being privately fostered has a duty to report it to their local social work team. On Anglesey the information should be given in the first place to the duty social worker - please see the contact details on the right.