Salford Safeguarding Children Board


Private fostering

Quick guides and posters

Quick Guide explains what happens if you are looking after somebody else's child (or plan to do so). It tells you what 'private fostering' is, what your duties are and what Salford City Council offers. Free download here.

Guidance for practitioners. This explains the basics of private fostering and how to contact the lead practitioner in Salford City Council if you have a query.

Posters. You may have seen these displayed in schools, health surgeries, libraries, etc. Free download here.

Suggestions or questions about private fostering? email

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

More information about private fostering is available on this website


 Private fostering poster - child  private fostering poster - yp  Private fostering poster - carer
 If you are a child  If you are a young person If you are a parent/carer/adult 

Are you a practitioner?

Be aware of private fostering/children cared for by the wider family or friends

All practitioners have a shared responsibility to be aware, identify and notify private fostering arrangements to Salford Children's Services. This is a legal requirement.

Private fostering is connected with legal requirements in the Children Act 1989. It is a safeguarding matter with deep implications for the welfare of children.

What is private fostering?

Private fostering occurs when children up to the age of 16 (18 if the child has a disability) are being looked after by other than parents, uncles/ aunties, grandparents or siblings for a period of 28 days or longer. This period can be interrupted occasionally and still remains private fostering.

The Children Act 2004 further established a duty to notify these arrangements even before its commencement.

What is not private fostering?

What are the duties of Salford City Council?

As follows:

Who is your contact for queries or further information?

It is a statutory requirement on Salford City Council to appoint an officer to monitor the way a local authority discharges its duties in private fostering. This officer is based with the Fostering Team, please see contact details below.

Find out more about the Private Fostering Officer here.

Private Fostering Officer
Room 1.4, Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5DA

Phone 0161 779 7860

Greater Manchester private fostering procedure is in use in Salford and can be accessed here

Salford City Partnership

SSCB, c/o Safeguarding Children and Quality Assurance Unit, Sutherland House, 303 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 6AY   Telephone 0161 603 4350.   Email   Privacy policy.