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Private Fostering is where the parent or parents of a child make a private arrangement with someone who is not a close relative, to care for that child for a period of 28 days or longer. The child must be under the age of 16, or under the age of 18 if disabled.
This course is intended for everyone, including parents and foster carers, children and young people, professionals and volunteers and members of the public. For example:
**Parents and private foster carers **need to be aware of their responsibilities around private fostering arrangement, including the requirement that they notify the local authority about such arrangements. It is also important that they are aware of the support the local authority can offer them
**Children and young people **who are the subject of private fostering arrangements should also be aware of what a private fostering arrangement means for them and what their rights are (including their right to have their views heard and taken into account)
**Professionals **and volunteers in the following categories may be in a position to raise awareness of private fostering arrangements with the Local Authority and / or parents and carers:
Social Care Staff
About this course
The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.
This course will enable you to:
Here are a few of the topics covered in this course:
What is private fostering? | Private fostering agreements | What the private foster carer must do | What the birth parent must do | The risks of private fostering | Is this a private fostering arrangement? | The role of local authorities | Timescales for action | Private fostering assessment process | Legislation | Scenarios: Tim; Ellen; Emma; Luke; Bola