Important Information about Private Fostering

Private fostering is where children and young people under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) are looked after by someone who is not a parent or close relative for more than 28 days. The law requires that parents and carers tell the local authority about private fostering arrangements. This includes long holiday arrangements and ‘education guardians’.

Your child’s participation in the Australia Exchange programme will require you to enter into a private fostering arrangement in order to have an Australian child in your home for six weeks. Once your child has been offered a place on the Exchange and it has been accepted by you, school will notify North Yorkshire Children’s Social Care with the names, addresses and dates of birth of all persons aged 16+ who live in your home(s). In addition to DBS checks, NYCSC may decide to arrange a short house visit (approximately 15 minutes) early in the hosting period to confirm the suitability of the carers and that the needs of the children are met. Assuming that you have nothing to hide, this should be a formality.

For more information please familiarise yourself with the following documents: