Are you looking after someone else's child?
You may have a legal responsibility to inform us
Private fostering is the term used when a parent or guardian places a child under school leaving age in the care of someone else who is not a close relative or officially approved foster carer for a period of more than 28 days.
This could include:
- Looking after a friend's child while they work away from home
- A neighbour having trouble coping with a new baby and asking you to look after it for a few weeks
- A friend from abroad asking you to let their child stay with you while they attend school here
If you are doing this, it is private fostering and you have a legal responsibility to inform your local authority.
The local authority has a responsibility to secure the welfare of all privately fostered children so they need to carry out a number of checks.
Please see the leaflet at the right hand side of this page for further information.
Airdrie Social Work Locality
Bellshill Social Work Locality
Coatbridge Social Work Locality
Cumbernauld Social Work LocalityHealth and Social Care North LanarkshireBron Chambers
North Carbrain Road
G67 1DZPhone: 01236 638700
Motherwell Social Work Locality
Wishaw Social Work Locality