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Private Fostering

What is private fostering?

This is when a parent arranges for their child (under 16 years or under 18 if they have additional needs) to be looked after by a friend or relative for 28 days or more.

The arrangement is classed as private fostering when the adult is not a ‘close’ relative of the child, such as their sibling, step-parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle.

Every local authority in Scotland has an obligation to secure the welfare of privately fostered children under the Foster Children (Scotland) Act 1984.  It is an offence not to notify Orkney Islands Council of a private fostering arrangement.

You can contact Children's Services on 01856 873535 or email the team - or download the 'Notification Form' from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page and post it to: 

Children's Services.

Community Social Services.

Orkney Islands Council.

School Place.

Kirkwall.

KW15 1NY.

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School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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