If you are under 16 years of age (or if under 18 years, if you are disabled) and you are looked after by someone else who is not a close relative, for more than 28 days, then you are being privately fostered. A close relative is your brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, legal guardian or step-parent.
There may be many reasons why you are not living at home, it may be just your parent has had to go into hospital for a long stay, or your parents may be working or living in another country.
If you think you are living with private foster carers and want to talk to someone for help and advice, please contact:
Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) on 01422 393336 or for more information, read this leaflet. Private Fostering – Information for Young People