It’s Just Not Fair! Support, need and legal status in family and friends care

This major report reports the findings of a 3 year study on family and friends carers who are raising children unable to live with their parents. Conducted by Joan Hunt from University of Oxford with Family Rights Group and funded by the Big Lottery, the study explores the link between the child’s needs, support and legal status. It finds conclusively that support bears little relationships to need, but is primarily determined by whether a child is in the care system or not, regardless of the difficulties and adversities they may have experienced.


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Hunt J and Waterhouse S (2013) It’s Just Not Fair! Support, need and legal status in family and friends care (FRG/Oxford University Centre for Family Law and Policy)

Summary of report


It’s just not fair: Support, need and legal status in family and friends care

You can read the individual chapters of this study by following the links below.

Authors and acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Carer and professional perspectives: an overview

Chapter 3: Kinship foster care - an increasingly reliable passport to support

Chapter 4: Special guardianship - a variable second best

Chapter 5: Doubly disadvantaged - informal kinship care

Chapter 6: Deciding on initial legal status: private or local authority placement?

Chapter 7: Private law orders as a diversion from care proceedings

Chapter 8: Interim orders in care proceedings

Chapter 9: Deciding on long term legal status

Chapter 10: Levelling the playing field: information, advice and advocacy

Chapter 11: Specialisation in the delivery of kinship care services

Chapter 12: Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix A and B

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