Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Private Fostering Team - BCP Council

Private Fostering Team - BCP Council logo

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (or 18 if they're disabled) is being looked after for 28 days or longer by someone who is not a close relative.  This includes international students staying with host carers.   

A close relative is defined in legislation as parent, step-parent, sibling, grandparent or aunt/uncle. The Private Fostering Team provides advise, information and support to the child/young person, their parents and private foster carer.   

It is a legal requirement to notify the Local Authority of any Private Fostering arrangement. 

Referrals should be made through the Children's First Response MASH - Tel: 01202 123334. Email:

Alternatively, for further information or to speak to the Private Fostering team directly (see venue/contact details below).  

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Venue/Contact Details
North Bournemouth Local Office
27 Slades Farm Road
Ensbury Park
BH10 4ES
Area coverage
BCP Area
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Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5:15pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:45pm. Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: CLOSED
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This is a free service.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 16 (18 if disabled) years