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Law Society calls for legal aid to be extended to all kinship carers

The Law Society has said that more legal aid provision is needed to help families and friends to look after children and avoid them having to go into care.

In its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kinship Care's call for evidence, the Law Society has noted that many potential kinship carers cannot access legal advice when deciding whether to provide care for their family members and the different ways to do so, such as under a special guardianship order (SGO), child arrangement order (CAO) or as a foster carer.

The Law Society supports the APPG's call for non-means tested free legal advice for kinship carers to ensure they know their rights and can secure a child's future.

For the APPG's report on the issue, click here. For the Law Society's response to the call for evidence, click here.