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Are you caring for a child who is not yours?

Posted: September 14, 2021

Are you caring for a child who is not yours?

 Private fostering is when someone who is not a close relative cares for another person’s child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled) for 28 days or more.

 A close relative is considered to be an aunt, uncle, grandparent, step parent or siblings. Friends of the family and other family members such as cousins or great aunts are not classed as close relatives for the purposes of Private Fostering, neither are families hosting overseas students who are being educated in the UK. 

You need to legally notify us of any private fostering arrangements in Redbridge to ensure the child is safe.

 Please contact the Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) on 020 8708 3885 or by emailCPAT.Referrals@redbridge.gov.uk

For more information please visit our website: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/private-fostering