Private Fostering

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£12 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
1 hour
No formal qualification
1 CPD hours / points

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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.


1 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


This course will enable you to:

  • Learn what Private Fostering is
  • Look at the legislation and regulations that have an impact on Private Fostering
  • Understand the role and duties of local authorities with regards to Private Fostering
  • Discover what you need to do when you become aware of a Private Fostering arrangement
  • Learn where to go for further advice and guidance on Private Fostering

Upon successful completion of this course you will be automatically awarded a certificate containing the course name, completion date, CPD hours and learning objectives.

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

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for everyone, including parents and foster carers, children and young people, professionals and volunteers and members of the public. For example:

**Parents and private foster carers **need to be aware of their responsibilities around private fostering arrangement, including the requirement that they notify the local authority about such arrangements. It is also important that they are aware of the support the local authority can offer them

**Children and young people **who are the subject of private fostering arrangements should also be aware of what a private fostering arrangement means for them and what their rights are (including their right to have their views heard and taken into account)

**Professionals **and volunteers in the following categories may be in a position to raise awareness of private fostering arrangements with the Local Authority and / or parents and carers:

Social Care Staff • Services for young people and youth activity schemes • Schools and nurseries • Education welfare officers • Housing providers and housing officers • Drug and alcohol projects • General Practitioner's surgeries, health visitors, midwives and hospital staff • Refugee groups and organisations working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children • Police • Probation service • Youth Offending Teams • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service • One-stop shops and drop-in centres • Citizen’s Advice Bureau and other advice centres

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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