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Private Fostering (Family & Friends)

What is private fostering?

"A private fostering arrangement is where a child under the age of 16 years (or under 18 years if they are disabled) lives with, and is cared for by, someone who is not their parent or close relative for 28 days or more. This is usually as a result of a private agreement between the child’s parents (or someone else with Parental Responsibility for the child) and the carers, and without any initial involvement from Children’s Services." 

Please see attached document for more information on the process for dealing with, Private Fostering cases that meets the current legislation, Reading Borough Council (RBC) requirements and is in the best interests of the child.

Please visit the Brighter Futures for Children website using the link below to view the PRIVATE FOSTERING - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 2017

Who to contact

Contact Name
Family & Friends Duty Worker
0118 9373641 - CSpoA
0118 469 3020 - Fostering
Brighter Futures for Children Fostering Statement of Private Fostering September 2019

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.