Most frequent questions and answers
No. The term ‘Looked After Children’ means children who are looked after by the local authority. Privately fostered children are outside the care of the local authority.
Schools should not therefore code children in private foster care as ‘LAC’.
For parents and families of children places in Mimi Nanny Private Fostering care’ peace of mind, local authority have the duty to visit each privately fostered child at least every six weeks in the first year of the arrangement; and at least every twelve weeks in the second and subsequent year. In some areas schools are visited as part of this process to discuss the child with teachers.
The private foster carer has a duty to inform the local authority of any substantive changes to the arrangement or within the household.
There is no duty for schools to be given information about a child who is privately fostered by the family, carer or the local authority. There is however a duty on schools to inform children’s services where they become aware of such an arrangement.