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Are you looking after someone else's child?

You can get support and financial help if someone else’s child is living with you full-time.

Your arrangement may be known as either:

  • Private fostering
  • Kinship care
  • Family and friends care

Who you must tell about the arrangement

You must tell Rotherham Council Children’s Services if all of these apply:

  • You’re looking after a child who is under 16, or under 18 if they’re disabled
  • You’re looking after a child for more than 28 days in a row
  • You are not a close relative - that is, you are not a grandparent, brother or sister, uncle or aunt or step-parent

Your council will give you help and advice. They have a duty to provide support for you.


What to expect

A social worker will visit you and the child to make sure the child is safe and being properly cared for. The social worker will do background checks on you. They can also offer help and support.

You must tell Rotherham Council Children’s Services if you’re a parent and you’ve asked someone who isn’t a close relative to look after your child.

Call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01709 336080


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