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Our advice service

We provide advice to parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and kinship carers who are involved with children’s services in England or need their help. We can help you understand processes and options when social workers or courts are making decisions about your child’s welfare.

Our advice service is free, independent and confidential.

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By phone or email

To speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential advice line 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding Bank Holidays). For Textphone dial 18001 followed by the advice line number. Or you can ask us a question via email using our advice enquiry form.

Discuss on our forums

Our online advice forums are an anonymous space where parents and kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) can get legal and practical advice, build a support network and learn from other people’s experiences.

Advice on our website

Our get help and advice section describes the processes that you and your family are likely to go through, so that you know what to expect. Our webchat service can help you find the information and advice on our website which will help you understand the law and your rights.

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What can kinship carers do if they are feeling isolated?

Every local authority (council) should help to set up a support group for kinship carers. These groups enable carers to meet regularly to share experiences and support each other. Our Find a local kinship support group page has details of many local groups.

You may also be interested in joining our Kinship Carers Forum. This is an anonymous space where kinship carers  can:

  • Get legal and practical advice on the child welfare system
  • Build a support network with parents and carers in a similar position
  • Read about, and learn from, other people’s experiences.

They are open forums. So anyone can read posts without signing up. But if you do want to post, you will need to register as a user. It is quick and easy to do.

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