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APPG on Kinship Care

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 the group’s secretariat.

The APPG seeks to raise awareness of kinship care and to promote policy and practice which supports more children to live safely within their family and friends network, when they cannot live with their parents. The group also seeks to improve support for kinship carers and to amplify the voices and experiences of children in kinship care and their families.

Message from the Chair – Andrew Gwynne MP

“Across the country, tens of thousands of kinship carers provide love, support and protection to children, but all too often they are forgotten, facing a system that doesn’t always work.

“As a group, we are determined to change this, improving the care system so that kinship carers are at the very heart, rather than an afterthought.”

The group’s key priorities for 2021/22 are:

Pandemic support for kinship carers

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on children, families and communities. Many of the challenges faced by kinship carers before the pandemic have been exacerbated. Research by the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care during lockdown highlights the significant strains faced by kinship carers at this time. The group will lobby for the experience of kinship carers and the children they are raising to be prioritised in the pandemic response and recovery.

Influence the Care Review

The independent review of children’s social care, launched in January 2021, is an important opportunity to consider system wide reform of children’s social care. It is positive that the review explicitly includes kinship care within its terms of reference. The group will contribute to the review and make the case for reforms which prioritise supporting children to remain safely within their family network.

Campaign on proposals made by Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

The September 2020 Taskforce report presented a vision for a kinship care first approach within the children’s social care system. The group will continue to promote the Taskforce proposals and press national and local government, and public agencies, to consider kinship care in policy making.

If you would like to receive updates from the APPG about future meetings and other activity, please contact jhall@frg.org.uk. You can also follow the group on Twitter @APPGKinshipCare.

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