Private Fostering Guidance

As cases of coronavirus continue to rise, there is increased potential for children of parents who have been taken ill to be looked after by others that are not immediate family.

Many families will be unaware that any private arrangement made between a parent and a carer for a child under 16 (or 18 if disabled) lasting for 28 days or more, are legally obliged to notify the Children’s Services Department in Hampshire County Council.

Children’s Services need to be sure that the child is safe, healthy and happy and can offer support to Private Foster Carers and parents where needed.

For further information see Private Fostering.