Private Fostering Arrangements

As a Private Fostering is a private arrangement it can be hidden from agencies who have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. Privately Fostered children can be vulnerable as they may not see their families very often. It is therefore important that their needs are assessed and their situation monitored to safeguard their well-being.

This training package has been developed by Cumbria Children’s Services and aims to provide participants who work with children and young people with an opportunity to learn more about Private Fostering arrangements.

There are no entry requirements for this module, however please ensure you are familiar with the following CSCP procedure - Children Living Away from Home with Other Familiesthis external link will open in a new window.

By the end of the course participants will:

·         Be able to give a definition of private fostering and identify what is a private fostering arrangement

·         Have a clear understanding why it is important to know about Private Fostering

·         Have an understanding of the circumstances under which private fostering arrangements are likely to occur

·         Understand the process for raising awareness of private fostering arrangements with the Local Authority

·         Develop an understanding of the responsibilities agencies have towards privately fostered children

Duration: 2 hours (10am – 12pm)

Cost: Free

Dates and venues:







To book your place on this course please

The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR. Full guidance is available through links on InTouch and access to user guides are also available. As a result of these changes the booking process has become fully automated and confirmation and venue information (previously joining instructions) will be communicated through emails to both individuals and managers. Where a user does not have access to MyHR, then it will be the responsibility of their line manager to book them on the course.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members including schools, please complete a BOOKING FORMthis external link will open in a new window and return to:

For any queries about the course, please email 

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