This section provides members with supplementary materials to develop their knowledge and practice for their work with privately fostered children, their carers and parents. Our range of resources include references, legal notes and material for raising awareness and working with private fostering arrangements. If you have more complex queries should contact our Advice Line.

Are you a carer looking for more information about private fostering?



Answers to common questions related to private fostering.

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Knowing your local community

Know your local community, maintain contact with key individuals.

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Raising awareness of the private fostering notification scheme

Evidence and recommendations on raising awareness of the need to notify a private fostering arrangement in England.

Download the report

Working with private fostering arrangements

Assessment of private fostering arrangements - Guidance on determining the suitability of proposed or actual private fostering arrangements.

Audit and performance management - 10 top tips for local authorities.

Checklists for those who come into contact with children - Guidance on different issues for those who come into contact with children.

Good practice tips for social work practitioners.

Legal information

Definition of terms in private fostering

Private fostering timeline - Find out about the timeline of notifications for private fostering arrangements.

Case notes A series of case notes related to private fostering – featuring a number of examples, with notes on the relevant legal questions and details of each case outcome.

Reference material

Notifications of private fostering arrangements in England - CoramBAAF's response to the 2015 DfE consultation on private fostering.

Research into Private Fostering - Read a research report into private fostering published in 2010.

Somebody Else's Child 

'Somebody Else's Child' was a previous campaign to raise awareness of private fostering and remains relevant and informative as a starting point.

Download the activity pack developed for 'Somebody Else's Child'.