Private fostering return: COLLECT guide for local authorities

This publication was withdrawn on 23 September 2014

Further information on this subject is available in the private fostering return document collection.

A COLLECT user guide for local authorities submitting private fostering data returns for 2013 to 2014.


This document is designed to guide local authority users through the various aspects of COLLECT (Collections Online - Learners, Education, Children and Teachers), the department’s centralised data collection and management system, so they can complete and submit their private fostering return for 2013 to 2014.

The guide includes information on:

  • accessing COLLECT
  • uploading and submitting census data
  • error queries