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Private Fostering

Sanctuary Training

Private Fostering



Did you know that a child can be privately fostered by someone who is not a close relative, for a period of 28 days or longer? Learn about the process and legislation for private fostering, and the duty of parents, private foster carers and the local authority with regards to private fostering, in this short course.


This course is intended for everyone, including parents and foster carers, children and young people, volunteers and members of the public. You will also find this course beneficial if you work directly with children as part of your role.


Private Fostering is where the parent or parents of a child make a private arrangement with someone who is not a close relative, to care for that child for a period of 28 days or longer. The child must be under the age of 16, or under the age of 18 if disabled.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion - with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.


Once you've completed this course, you'll have a knowledge of:

  • What Private Fostering is
  • Legislation and regulations that impact on Private Fostering
  • The role and duties of local authorities with regards to Private Fostering
  • What you need to do when you become aware of a Private Fostering arrangement
  • Where to go for further advice and guidance on Private Fostering

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