The cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care
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The Taskforce existed from 2018-2021 with the aim to raise awareness about, and support for, children in kinship care and to highlight the importance of this option for children who cannot live with their parents. It has been succeeded by the APPG on Kinship Care.
The Taskforce was set up in December 2018 by former parliamentarian Anna Turley in conjunction with Family Rights Group. Catherine McKinnell MP became Chair following the 2019 General Election. The Taskforce’s Terms of Reference are outlined here.
Thousands of kinship carers and the children they are raising shared their evidence and experiences with members of the Taskforce. The inquiry also heard evidence from those engaged in frontline practice, grassroots charities, legal professionals, academics, and senior professionals and policymakers.
The Taskforce published its main inquiry report in September 2020, with a series of recommendations for Government, local authorities and other public agencies to help deliver a vision for kinship care.
The group also commissioned FRG to conduct two surveys on the experiences of kinship carers and the children they are raising during the Coronavirus pandemic, which were published in May 2020 and January 2021.
Find out more about the Taskforce’s work below. Visit APPG on Kinship Care to see how this work continues.
Watch the launch of the Taskforce report here