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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). 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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Local Authority Kinship Care Policies and Contacts

The Government in 2011 issued family and friends care (also known as kinship care) guidance that requires that all English local authorities have a family and friends care policy. It also requires that each authority identifies a senior manager with responsibility for overseeing this area of child welfare.

If you are aware that a local policy has been updated or contact details changed, please email ychoudhury@frg.org.uk to help keep this page up to date.

Click on a region in England to view local authorities’ family and friends care policies and contact details (where the information has been provided to us).

Barnsley

Head of Service Children in Care

Bradford

Kim Bray

Foster for Bradford Service Manager

Calderdale

Kate Duffy/Kirsty Michael

Fostering Team Manager Recruitment and Assessment/supervision and support

East Riding of Yorkshire

Tim Clayton

Area Manager CLA

Hull

Michelle Colrein

Fostering Team Manager

Kirklees

Joel Hanna

Head of Service for Sufficiency for Children and Young People

Leeds

Emma Naylor

Service Delivery Manager

North East Lincolnshire

Glynis Tinsley and Dominic Power

Service Manager and Principal Social Worker

North Lincolnshire

Tracy Eaden

Responsible Officer, Regulator Services

North Yorkshire

Emma Hopper

Looked After Children and Leaving Care

Sheffield

Charlotte Allcock/Katie Day

Connected Person’s Team Manager

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