Foster carers looking after a child or young person may be missing out on the support available to them because they have not notified the council.
Hillingdon Council is calling on private foster carers - that may be a cousin, great aunt or family friend, or someone offering a home to a child due to parental separation or work commitments - to come forward so that they can make use of support on offer.
Private fostering is when someone under the age of 16, or under 18 if disabled, is looked after for more than a month by an adult who is not a close relative like a parent, step parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling.
Whatever the reason someone becomes a private foster carer, the council says it should be informed of any agreements to look after children for more than 28 days.
Councillor David Simmonds, cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: "We can offer private foster carers support and advice about looking after someone else's child and how to meet their physical, emotional, educational and cultural needs.
"The welfare of our children and young people is our top priority and we need our residents to help us keep them safe by getting in touch if you are or know anyone who is looking after a child who is not their own."
For more information on private fostering arrangements visit the council website .