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Private fostering

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New legislation, standards and guidance have been introduced in Wales from 1 April 2006 to strengthen the requirements of the notification system first introduced by the Children Act 1989. Private foster carers and parents of children placed are required to notify the social services department in the area where the child is placed of the arrangement made.

The document below includes:

  • What is private fostering?
  • What are the rules governing private fostering?
  • The responsibilities of local authorities
  • How private foster carers can get support
  • What should professionals do?
  • Further sources of information and advice.