A Private fostering arrangement is defined as –
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.
It is also important to note:
A child who is privately fostered who is not brought to the attention of the local authority may be a child in need or a child at risk of harm.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of children.
Guide for service providers
Be safe, be sure private fostering in Scotland practice guidance for local authority children’s services leaflet