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Our advice service

We provide advice to parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and kinship carers who are involved with children’s services in England or need their help. We can help you understand processes and options when social workers or courts are making decisions about your child’s welfare.

Our advice service is free, independent and confidential.

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By phone or email

To speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential advice line 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding Bank Holidays). For Textphone dial 18001 followed by the advice line number. Or you can ask us a question via email using our advice enquiry form.

Discuss on our forums

Our online advice forums are an anonymous space where parents and kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) can get legal and practical advice, build a support network and learn from other people’s experiences.

Advice on our website

Our get help and advice section describes the processes that you and your family are likely to go through, so that you know what to expect. Our webchat service can help you find the information and advice on our website which will help you understand the law and your rights.

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APPG’s Elected Officers

The current officers elected to lead the group in 2023/24 are:

Chair: Andrew Gwynne MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish

Special Guardian to his grandson, Lyle

Vice Chair: Tim Loughton MP

Conservative Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham

Children’s Minister 2010-2012

Vice Chair: Catherine McKinnell MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne North

Chair of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care 2020/21

Vice Chair: Munira Wilson MP

Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham

Brought the Kinship Care Bill 2022 (Private Members’ Bill)

Vice Chair: Marsha de Cordova MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Battersea

Vice Chair: Ian Byrne MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby

Vice Chair: Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop


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