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Understanding Private Fostering.


Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) has developed leaflets for children and young people giving the essential facts about Private Fostering. These provide information and guidance for children and young people who may be involved in Private Fostering.

Please click on the following links to download the leaflets you require.

A privately fostered child is a child under 16 (or under 18 if the child has a disability) cared for and accomodated by someone other than:

  • A Parent
  • A person who is not the parent but who has parental responsibility
  • A Close Relative. (A close relative means grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, step-parent, legal guardian, or another person with parental responsibility)

The arrangement must be for a for a period intended to last more than 28 days. Private fostering arrangements are quite separate from arrangements made by local authority for ‘Children Looked After’ and living with Foster Carers.


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