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Kinship care

What is kinship care?

Kinship care is where children whose parents are unable to look after them are cared for by other adults who are connected with them including grandparents, other relatives, or other adults who have a relationship with or connection to the child. These carers are often referred to as 'kinship carers' or 'connected persons'.

If children's services have concerns about a child's safety and wellbeing, they may consider alternative caring arrangements for them. This can be for a variety of reasons and can be permanent or temporary.

The parent(s) of the child will be asked to nominate someone to be assessed to look after their child. Sometimes the arrangement is made by the local council but more often it is arranged within the family network.

Kinship care is encouraged

Social workers encourage kinship care because they believe it is a better option for some children than being looked after by a foster carer. This is because it is easier for them to keep in touch with their parents, friends and other family members.

Types of kinship arrangements

There are several types of kinship arrangements depending on the needs of the child.

Find out more (Go to Types of kinship arrangements)

Support for kinship carers

Our team support kinship carers throughout the process and beyond with training, one-to-one support, therapeutic care and regular social activities and events.

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Financial allowances for kinship carers

Many prospective carers are concerned about how they will afford to support an extra child/children in their household.

Understand financial support (Go to Financial allowances for kinship carers)

Connected person assessment

After making an enquiry to become a kinship carer, or after being contacted to become a kinship carer, the next step is known as a 'connected person assessment'.

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Our kinship carers

Here are just some of the comments from the kinship carers we support

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Get in touch

If you want to talk about kinship care please get in touch.

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