Legal responsibilities of parents

As a parent, you must tell us as soon as you intend to make a private fostering placement and within 48 hours of the fostering arrangement taking place.

You must:

  • exercise your parental responsibility by initiating and participating in all of the decisions about the child while in the placement, and overseeing the child's welfare
  • provide the prospective carer with as much information about the child as possible, including health records, dietary needs, school records, interests and so on
  • provide notification information to us - for example, details about the child and private foster carer, their household and accommodation
  • agree how the things needed to support the placement including finance, contact, health and education arrangements will be decided.

Anyone else involved in making the arrangement must inform us as soon as possible after the event.