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Free virtual briefing for councillors on kinship care – 21st April

Published: 29th March 2021

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Free virtual briefing on Wednesday 21st April, 10am to 11:50am

A unique event for councillors to help you support more children in your area to safely live and flourish within their family and community network.

Learn more about:

  • What kinship care is, including special guardianship and other types of arrangements
  • The benefits of kinship care to children who can’t remain with their parents
  • The legal duties and policy context for local authorities
  • How you can drive change in your local authority

Click here to register your attendance.

With the numbers of children in care in England at their highest level since 1985 and the pandemic exacerbating pressures on children’s social care, greater focus on exploring and supporting the wider family network could safely avert more children needing to come into care.

There are more than 180,000 children in the UK who are living in kinship care. Many of these children are doing significantly better than those in unrelated foster or residential care. Yet half of kinship carers have to give up work to take on the children and many face significant financial hardship, raising children who have suffered tragedy or trauma.

The event will be chaired by former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, and will hear from children and families with lived experience of the system. Please see an agenda and list of speakers below:

Family Rights Group has substantial experience working with families, practitioners, academics, local authorities and the courts to pioneer approaches to child welfare designed to enable more children to safely live within their family and friends network, in the interests of children, families, communities and the public purse. We provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care and to the Kinship Care Alliance. We are grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for funding this event.

Please note this briefing is designed for lead councillors for children’s services and other elected members with an interest in children’s social care.

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