Are you looking after someone else’s child? YOU could be breaking the law!
The law sets out that a child is classed as any individual up to the age of 16 years (18 years if the child is disabled). Close relatives (grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts) are not classed as private foster carers.However cousins and other distantly removed relatives, and families who look after children sent to the UK for education or health care by parents living overseas need to register with the local authority.