Kinship Care Alliance Briefings and Campaigns

New survey – are family and friends carers coping financially? October 2017

The Kinship Care Alliance (which is serviced by Family Rights Group and made up of organisations including Grandparents Plus) is conducting a survey of family and friends carers aka kinship carers. It focuses on how kinship carers are coping financially and on the impact of welfare reforms and changes in local authority support. The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and will inform the Alliance’s policy and campaign work.

Please take the survey here.


Kinship Care Alliance briefing for report stage of the Children and Social Work Bill in the House of Lords, October 2016


Briefing to the House of Lords on the Children and Social Work Bill. Submitted by Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, June 2016

The amendments primarily focus upon:

- A duty on local authorities to explore suitable wider family placements prior to a child becoming looked after, including offering families a family group conference;
- Extending the provisions to support educational attainment of previously looked after children to all children in kinship care. And similarly extending the pupil premium plus and prioritising school admissions for these children;
- Extending the post adoption support fund to all special guardians;
- Extending adopters' employment rights to all special guardians;
- A new general duty on local authorities to provide kinship care support services and to have a named designated lead manager on kinship care.


Kinship Care Alliance's submission to Martin Narey's review on children's residential care, December 2015


Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance is extremely concerned about the potentially negative impact of some of the measures in the Bill on kinship carers.

The following briefings sets out our specific concerns.


Kinship Care Alliance's submission to Martin Narey's review on children's residential care, December 2015


Family Rights Group's response on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance to the Government's Special Guardianship Review, September 2015


The Education and Adoption Bill 2015 Second Reading – Kinship Care Alliance briefing prepared by Family Rights Group for MPs, September 2015


Kinship Care Alliance's tesponse to the Department for Education’s consultation on Improving Permanence for Looked After Children, 4 December 2013.


Read the latest briefing from the Kinship Care Alliance

Including recommendations for Government and local councils, plus our executive summary, June 2012.


Kinship Care Alliance’s policy briefing and recommendations for local government and Parliament, October 2011

The briefing summarises the latest research on family and friends care and the legal and support framework including new requirements on English local authorities towards family and friends carers and the children they are raising. It sets out recommendations and suggestions for both local authorities and Government.


Kinship Care Alliance’s response to the consultation on Ofsted’s inspection of services for children in need or help and protection, children looked after and care leavers, July 2013-07-15

Read the response here.


The Kinship Care Alliance’s submission to the House of Lords select committee on adoption legislation, July 2012

This submission was drafted by Family Rights Group and is endorsed by BAAF, Buttle Trust, The Fostering Network, The Grandparents’ Association, Grandparents Plus, Mentor UK and The Who Cares? Trust.


Kinship Care Alliance wins benefits concession, June 2012

The Kinship Care Alliance welcomes the Government's concession which will mean that for a year at least family and friends carers, rather than face a benefits penalty for not actively seeking work, will be able to spend their time prioritising the settling in of vulnerable children who may have suffered trauma or abuse and who may have moved school as well as home. Further information.


Kinship Care Alliance: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, November 2011

Briefing on the impact of proposed changes to legal aid for family members seeking to take on the care of a child who is at risk of abuse.

The Kinship Care Alliance has serious concerns about the legal aid bill that is currently going through Parliament. We fear it could result in impoverished relatives, such as grandparents not getting legal aid to cover the costs and court fees of applying for a permanent legal order so that their grandchild, who is at risk, can be live with them. We fear, that unless Ministers address such concerns, more children could end up at suffering abuse or in the care system, at greater cost to the child’s wellbeing and the public purse.


Lobbying for safe arrangements for children of parents in custody

Members of the Kinship Care Alliance have expressed concern about the arrangements for children when their parents are imprisoned. We wrote to Government Ministers calling for:

- a statutory obligation on judges to enquire whether safe arrangements have been made for children when parents/carers are remanded to custody; and

- that this is backed up by a process enabling the court to refer to Children's Services, where necessary, to protect and support the welfare of the child.

Read the letter sent to Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Justice, August 2011

The response from the Ministry of Justice, September 2011.


The Kinship Care Alliance's submission to the Department of Education's consultation on the closure of the Education Maintenance Allowance, May 2011

We deeply regret the Government's decision to abolish Education Maintenance Allowance. This short submission focuses on ensuring that children being raised in family and friends care are considered within any subsequent bursary scheme.

Read further briefings and submissions by the Kinship Care Alliance to consultations by Government and other agencies to reform child welfare law and practice including family justice.

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