Private fostering return: COLLECT guide for local authorities

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

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



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
Published 15 April 2014