If you’re looking for a more permanent homestay in England for your child, then it’s really important that you consider private fostering. Private fostering is used to describe a situation where a child under 16 is cared for by an adult who isn’t a relative for 28 days or more. This is a private arrangement usually made between the birth parent and the carer.

Step 1 - Becoming a private foster Carer - PF1(for the host family)

SS(C)PF1

Devon’s Children’s services                                                                              

PRIVATE FOSTERING

CARER NOTIFICATION

Apply to Exeter Homestay UK as a host and fill in the PF1 form application. We'll then arrange a more in depth visit where we can go through all the necessary paperwork.

We then inform the Private Fostering Team at Devon County Council's children services before the child comes to the UK, where a visit will be made to verify all details supplied to them. We'll liaise with all parties to ensure the child is well-matched, safe, and comfortably cared for in the arrangement.














    1. Prospective Private Foster Carer(s)’ Details



    1st Applicant
     
    Current Address

     
    Previous Address (when less than 5yrs in current address)

     

     
     
     


    2nd Applicant
     
    Current Address

     
    Previous Address (when less than 5yrs in current address)

     
     
     
     


    Applicants must notify the Private Fostering Team of any change of address, before it occurs



    2. Household Details


    Other Occupants of the Household
     
    Full NameGenderDate of BirthOccupation/SchoolRelationship to applicant(s)

    Applicants must notify Children’s Services if anyone leaves or joins the household, by contacting the Private Fostering team, within 48 hours.


    3. Child's Details


     




    4. Arrangement Details

    To be completed by Exeter Homestay UK staff only




    Applicants must notify Children’s Services when the private fostering arrangement ends.

    References

    Personal referees need to have known applicant for at least two years and not be a relative


      Doctor
    Name, address and phone number
    2 Personal References Names, addresses and phone numbers (2 per household)
    Applicant 1
    Applicant 2


    Declaration (*select as applicable)

    Select declaration for 1 or All Applicants  
    I understand that it is necessary for the Strategic Director to make enquiries regarding my circumstances. This will include enquiries of my G.P., the Health Visitor, local authority in which I live and any other local authorities in which I have lived for the last five years, and the Probation Department if applicable.

    I understand that information about my medical history and present medical condition is required by Devon County Council the above named agency. I consent to a medical report and to any further enquiries.

    We understand that it is necessary for the Strategic Director to make enquiries regarding our circumstances. This will include enquiries of our G.P., the Health Visitor, local authority in which I live and any other local authorities in which we have lived for the last five years, and the Probation Department if applicable.

    We understand that information about our medical history and present medical condition is required by Devon County Council the above named agency. We consent to a medical report and to any further enquiries.

    Does anyone in the household have a criminal conviction?*
    Does anyone aged 16 or over stay in household overnight on a regular basis?*


    If yes we will need to carry out a DBS check in respect of that person(s) 
    Do you give permission to Devon County Council to initiate a DBS check on any convictions or cautions that may be recorded against you?*


    Declaration regarding suitability to Foster Children Privately

    Section 70(a) of the Children Act 1989 provides that a person who makes any statement in this notice or information which he knows to be false or misleading, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5.

    Have you ever applied to a Local Authority to be a child minder, day care provider, foster carer or adopter?*
    Have you ever:
    Been convicted of any offence against a child?*
    Had a child removed from your care by the order of any court?*
    Had registration as a child minder, or other provider of day care,refused or cancelled?*
    Had your rights and duties with respect to any child vested in a Local Authority?*
    Had a prohibition imposed on you by the Local Authority prohibiting you from fostering privately?*
    Been disqualified from acting as a Local Authority foster parent?*
    Been disqualified in any capacity, or subject to disciplinary proceedings involving the care of children?*

    If you have answered Yes to any of the above questions please supply dates and circumstances
    (please use additional information field at the end of the form)


    Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 (select as applicable)

    I/We have been informed of my/our statutory rights under the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 and:

    I/We declare that to the best of my/our knowledge the information I/we have supplied is correct and accurate.

     

    Patients rights under the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988
    As part of the application, we should like to ask your present Doctor to submit a report to us.
    These notes are to explain your rights under the Access to Medical Records Act, which are as follows:

    • You do not have to give your consent to a medical report, but if you withhold it please bear in mind that we may not be able to proceed with your application.
    • You can ask to see the medical report before the Doctor sends it to us. If you do want to, you must make an arrangement to do so within three weeks of signing this form.
    • If you disagree with anything on the medical report you can ask the Doctor not to send it to us at all, or you can ask for some remarks from you to be attached to it when it is sent to us.
    • If you have not seen the report earlier you can ask to see the Doctor's copy of it after it has been sent in at anytime up to six months after you signed this form.
    • The Doctor can refuse to show you the report, or part of it, but only if some of the information is provided by someone else, or if the Doctor thinks it will harm you if you see it.
    • Your Doctor may make a reasonable charge for you to see the report, for which you would be responsible.

    If you have any queries about your rights under this Act, please ask your Social Worker.


    Please note – you must report any change in circumstances including the end of the private fostering arrangement, within 48 hours.

    Email: privatefostering@devon.gov.uk
    Or alternatively contact your allocated worker from the Private Fostering Team


    Additional Information


    all fields marked with * are mandatory

    Step 2 - What's our role?

    - To make sure our carers are trustworthy, everyone in the household aged 16 and over has a valid DBS
    Fully Enhanced certificate.
    - We support both parents and carers to ensure that the child's physical, emotional, educational, and
    cultural needs are met
    - We'll help parents and carers consider finance, consents, and contact needs.
    - We'll contact the child and carers regularly, providing advice and support where needed.
    - We'll be a listening ear for the child, parents, and carers for any concerns or difficulties that
    may arise.

    Exeter Homestay UK are experienced in processing all the documents required for the procedure, and our staff offer informed guidelines to the student, parents, agents, school/college and homestay family.

    Step 3 - Parent/Legal Guardian application - PF2

    SS(C)PF2

    Devon’s Children Services

    PRIVATE FOSTERING

     PARENT or THIRD PARTY NOTIFICATION

     The form PF2 is for the parent/carer for the child whom they wish to..........................................

    (Please note, you must complete a separate form for each child)














      1. Child's Details


       
      Home Address* 



      2. Details of parent(s) or person(s) with parental responsibility


      Current Address




       
      Previous Address (when less than 5yrs in current address)




       







      Current Address




       
      Previous Address (when less than 5yrs in current address)




       







      3. Private Fostering Placement details
      To be completed by Exeter Homestay UK staff only

      Name of proposed private foster carer(s)

      Current address

      Phone number(s) including mobile

      Email address

      Date private fostering arrangement due to start/date started

      How long is the arrangement expected to last?

      What is the purpose of this arrangement?

      Have you ever placed this child with private foster carers in the past?
      If yes, please give details (names & addresses of carers, when, how long)

      Does this child have any brothers and sisters?
      If so please give their names, dates of birth and brief details of the arrangement for their care

      Name, address, phone number & status of any other person involved in making the Private Fostering arrangement

      Organisation making private fostering arrangement if applicable


      Explanatory Note

      Local authorities have a duty to ensure that arrangements for the child are satisfactory. Upon receipt of this notification, Children’s Service will make further enquires about the child’s circumstances and assess the private foster carer(s)’ ability to care or the child. In the interests of the child’s welfare, it is an offence to obstruct the Local Authority from carrying out its duties, and it is an offence to give false or misleading information in this notice

      • I will notify the Local Authority of a change of my address.
      • I will notify the Local Authority of the ending of the private fostering arrangement including details of the address of where the child is living, and who with.
       


      all fields marked with * are mandatory

      Step 4 - Private Fostering - Video

       

      Step 5 - Private Fostering Leaflet

      Click on image below to open the Private Fostering Leaflet.

       

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