Private fostering practice


This course is an opportunity to explore the legal and practice framework of private fostering, including best practice in how to work with this often unseen group of children. It will include explanation of the respective responsibilities of parents, private foster carers and local authorities, when private fostering arrangements are made. It will provide an opportunity to explore some of the dilemmas and challenges that can arise, as we interpret the law and guidance around private fostering, and discuss the reality of private fostering arrangements in practice within assessment, support and review processes. Since the war in Ukraine, some Ukrainian children who have travelled to the UK for safety, are living in private fostering arrangements. This course will also explore their needs, and current advice on legal and practice requirements.  



  • Explore the definition of private fostering and its legal framework
  • Consider the needs of children who are privately fostered 
  •  Learn about the respective responsibilities of parents, private foster carers and local authorities
  •  Explore assessment practice for private fostering
  •  Consider dilemmas and challenges
  •  Explore the support needs of private foster carers and review requirements  
  •  Explore practice advice around Ukrainian children not living with a parent or legal guardian 



Ann Horne, Kinship Care Consultant, CoramBAAF

Ann joined CoramBAAF in February 2022 alongside jobshare partner, Clare. Ann has been a local authority social worker in children's services for 20 years. She has worked in kinship care for the last 14 years and for 7 of these co-managed a dedicated kinship care team in Brighton and Hove. Ann contributed to the development of best practice models within the Brighton and Hove Team, and some of her work locally later contributed to wider national policy developments around kinship assessments. Ann also took a lead in developing comprehensive kinship support services, ensuring kinship carers in Brighton and Hove were well served by a range of available supports. 

Clare Seth, Kinship Care Consultant, CoramBAAF

Clare joined CoramBAAF in February 2022 alongside jobshare partner, Ann. Clare is a qualified social worker with over 20 years’ experience in Children’s Services. She has managed a children’s social work team in Brighton & Hove, helping to implement a new relationship-based practice model as well as previously having responsibility for staff in fostering and fostering support teams. Clare has worked as a freelance social worker for the last four years, specialising in Kinship and adoption assessment and support as well as working as an independent auditor for an IFA. Clare is a qualified trainer with experience of delivering the Separated Parents Information Programme in Sussex. 


Any social workers or managers involved in assessing private fostering arrangements and in supporting the children and their private foster carers. 

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Total of 22 places available.


Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ


Registration 9.45 am
Start 10.00 am*
Close 4.00 pm*

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £158.00 + £31.60 VAT = £189.60
Individual CoramBAAF member - £120.00 + £24.00 VAT = £144.00
Non-member - £220.00 + £44.00 VAT = £264.00


Telephone 020 7520 0310



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