Responsibilities of a private foster carer

If the parent has not already done so, a private foster carer must advise the local council of the private fostering arrangement six weeks before it is due to start. If this is not possible, this must be done within 48 hours of the child’s arrival.

If they have any of the following change of circumstances, the social worker who visits the child needs to be informed within 48 hours:

  • Change of address;
  • Anybody leaving or joining the household;
  • Any offence resulting in a conviction of any member of the household;
  • Any reason for any household member to be barred from caring for or working with children.

The private foster carer must notify the social worker when a child leaves their care (unless they are returning within 28 days), stating why and giving the name and address of the person into whose care the child has been moved.