APPG on Kinship Care
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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.
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.