Contact Details

Florence-Jurua Joseph, Social Worker


T: 01302 737777

Private Fostering

Doncaster Council

Civic Office




What is Private Fostering?

Private fostering occurs when a parent arranges for a child to be cared for by someone other than a parent or a close relative for more then 28 days. (It does not apply where the child is placed by the Council, voluntary organisations, or as a result of certain court orders).

A close relative means either, a step-parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle - either by blood or marriage. A child is anyone under the age of 16 or a disabled young person under 18.

Examples of private fostering arrangements are:

A child who has been sent to this country for education or health care by birth parents living overseas

A child who is living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend

A child whose parents study or whose work involves unsociable hours and they are unable to use ordinary day care

What you must do

Parents and carers must let the council know about private fostering, even though it is a private arrangement between them. It is against the law not to!

If you are aware of a child or young person who may be in a private fostering arrangement or who may need to be placed in a private fostering arrangement, you should contact the Private Fostering Team as soon as possible.

Help is available

Support and advice is readily available. The aim of the council's Private Fostering Team is to make sure the child's educational, emotional, cultural and physical needs are being met.

More information is available in the documents below, including some frequently asked questions. You can also contact the service direct, using the contact details at the top of the page.

Videos on Private Fostering

BAAF Short Videos on Private Fostering

For Professionals

Identifying Private Fostering arrangements