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The statutory provision regarding privately fostered children is contained in the Part IX of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). The English regulatory provision is contained in the Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005 (C(PAF)R 2005), SI 2005/1533 and the Welsh regulatory provision is contained in the Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (C(PAF)(W)R 2006), SI 2006/940.
A privately fostered child is a child under the age of 16 (under the age of 18 if the child is disabled) who is cared for and provided with accommodation by someone who:
is not a parent or relative of the child, and
does not have parental responsibility for the child, and
looks after the child in their own home
However, a child is not privately fostered if the care and accommodation has been provided for less than 28 days and that person does not intend to care for the child for any longer period.
Nor is a child privately fostered if the child is cared for in premises where the child’s parent, a relative who has assumed responsibility for the child’s care, or someone who is not a parent but has parental responsibility, is also living for the time being. A child placed for adoption by an adoption agency is not privately fostered.
Normally, a child is not privately fostered
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