The APPG made a submission to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England ‘Call for Ideas’.
The Group called for a new National Strategy for Kinship Care to ensure:
- Family is explored as the first point of call when concerns about a child’s ability to safely remain at home first emerge.
- Kinship carers can seek out the support they need to enable the children to thrive in their care, and that kinship care children are able to access a minimum level of support based on their needs and not their postcode or legal status.
Read the full submission here.
The APPG celebrated Kinship Care Week (October 4th to 10th) with parliamentarians from across the political spectrum calling for better support and recognition for kinship carers.
Chair, Andrew Gwynne MP, wrote for The Mirror about his experience of being a kinship carer to his grandson, Lyle. Read the article here.
Andrew highlighted the challenges many kinship carers face in navigating the complexity of the family justice system without support and called for an expansion of legal aid for kinship carers. With over half of kinship carers having to give up work or reduce their hours as a result of becoming kinship carers, Andrew also pressed the case for paid kinship care employment leave.
Following the government’s ministerial reshuffle, the Group’s officers wrote to the new team at the Department for Education, inviting them to meet with the APPG.
Secretary of State, Nadhim Zahawi MP, was Children’s Minister at the time of the launch of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care. He pledged to be the ‘voice of kinship care in government’ and the Group look forward to supporting him to be that voice as Secretary of State and particularly in relation to the imminent Spending Review. The letter was copied to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Read the letter here.
The Group also wrote to the new Minister of State for Children and Families, Will Quince MP, asking him to put kinship care on his initial list of priorities. Read the letter here.