What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage an independent fostering agency.


Introduction to independent fostering agencies



This guide sets out what an independent fostering agency is and what you must do if you intend to open one.

You should also read our main guide to registration, which applies to all children’s social care services.

View Ofsted’s registration services and forms.

Published 11 November 2014
Last updated 22 February 2021 + show all updates

  1. Revised throughout for clarity.

  2. First published.