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Private fostering

If a child or young person has been living with someone who is not a close relative for more than 28 days, we call this private fostering.

If you are the parent or carer of a child who is being privately fostered in Islington, you must tell us. This is so that we can provide support to you and the child. We will also need to make regular checks to make that the child is safe and happy. 

Our aim is to support your private fostering, not to interfere with arrangements, which are working well.


If you want to talk to us about a child who is being privately fostered, call 020 7527 7400, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or email

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