What is private fostering
Information for children and young people
Do you live at home with your mum and dad, or do you live with a friend in his or her house?
Do your mum and dad live in another country but you live here so that you can go to school in this country?
Does your dad work away? Do you live in the house with your dad's girlfriend whilst your dad is away at work?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions and you live with someone who is not a close relative of yours then you might be living in what is called a ‘private fostering' arrangement.
The law says that the council must be told about every child or young person who is being privately fostered so that the council can check that children are being properly looked after.
Our leaflet Private Fostering - Information for children and young people contains more information about private fostering and what to do if you don't live with your mum and dad.