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Half of kinship carers have to give up work to care for the kin child

Four-fifths of kinship carers have been left ill-informed of the legal options

The Family Rights Group has published a new report – Doing the right thing: A report on the experiences of kinship carers – which considers the experiences of friends and relatives who are raising children who are unable to safely live with their parents.

The report finds that:

The report is based on an analysis of data from calls by kinship carers to Family Rights Group Advice Service in the financial year 2014/15, and an online survey of 579 kinship carers conducted by Family Rights Group in 2015, with support from members of the Kinship Care Alliance.

Amongst a range of recommendations, the FRG urges the government to impose on local authorities a duty, properly funded, to ensure potential kinship placements are explored and assessed for suitability before a child becomes looked after, except in emergencies. The group also wants the government to fund free, specialist independent legal advice and information services to kinship carers.

The report is here.

16/10/15