Notifications of private fostering arrangements

How to contact Front Door for Families

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (under 18 if they are disabled) lives with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. A close relative includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and step parents. 

The law says that the council must be informed about all private foster care arrangements. This helps us to make sure that all children and young people are safe, happy and doing well and that they (and their carers) are given advice and support to meet their needs. 

To notify the local authority about a child living in a private fostering arrangement please contact the Front Door for Families as follows: 

Guardianship Agencies, Host Families and Language Schools

Please complete the Private Fostering Initial Contact Information (Host Families) and email it to: 


Professionals (housing; schools; health etc) and members of the public

Please complete our Online Form 


If you think a child is at risk of harm and need to contact us outside of office hours, call our emergency duty team on 01273 335 905 or contact the police.