SEFTON SCP Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    22.15 After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends

    Last updated 23/09/2021

    Parents have a duty to notify the local authority of the ending of the placement including the name and address of the person into whose care the child has moved.

    Unless a young person has a disability, private fostering ends at 16. Children's Social Care will review the young person's circumstances and future plans as they approach 16. Where a young person remains with the private foster carers after the age of 16, but requires continuing support, he or she should be assisted as a Child In Need. Where the young person moves to independent living, support can be provided to them up as he or she will fall within the definition of Qualifying Young People. Support may include advice, befriending and discretionary financial assistance. It will be provided at the request of the young person on the basis of assessment of need and can continue up to the age of 21 or beyond if the young person is in higher education, up to the end of the course.

    See Sefton Council Leaving Care and Transition Procedure.

    Partnership work and communication should be maintained to support he private fostering arrangement for both of the child and the carers