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APPG on Kinship Care welcomes national strategy as significant milestone

Published: 20th December 2023

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On 15th December 2023, the Government published the first ever national kinship care strategy.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care has welcomed the strategy as a significant milestone, after many years of campaigning by families and the sector.

“The first ever national kinship care strategy is a significant milestone. It’s testament to many years of campaigning by families, the Kinship Care Alliance, the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, this APPG, and many others. “We urged the Government to be ambitious with this opportunity. To work across Departments including the Treasury. To empower more families to step in as kinship carers. To ensure that when they do, they can access the support they and their children need to thrive. “There are some welcome developments, including around a definition of kinship care, on educational support, and investment in training. Other areas such as the financial allowances pilot and a lack of progress on employment rights point to longer term work. There is much that remains limited to children who are subject to a legal order or have been in the care system, excluding many other children. “Our APPG will be scrutinising the detail of the strategy in the New Year and holding the Government to account on its promises.”

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care is a cross party group of MPs and Peers who share a common interest in championing kinship care and improving support for kinship carers.

The Group was established in March 2021 and Family Rights Group serve as its secretariat.

Find out more about the Group and its work here

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