Family and friends care – enabling children to live within their wider family

Our latest policy and campaign briefings on reforms needed to enable more children to be able to live safely within their wider family and our response to consultations by Government and other agencies.

This page includes reports and submissions drawn up by Family Right Group and by the Kinship Care Alliance, which is serviced by Family Rights Group.


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.

  1. Briefing for House of Lords report stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on an amendment to exempt kinship carers from the limiting of child tax credit to 2 children
  2. Written evidence to the House of Commons Welfare Reform and Work Bill
  3. Written submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights
  4. A briefing to peers on an amendment to exempt kinship carers from the child tax credit two children limit
  5. Briefing for the House of Lords on an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to exempt kinship care households from the benefit cap
  6. Briefing for the House of Lords on an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill in respect of exempting kinship carers raising children aged under 5 from work conditionality requirements

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

• 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 policy briefing and recommendations for local and national Government, October 2011

Kinship Care Alliance briefing on the Welfare Reform Bill, House of Lords, 2nd Reading, and proposed amendments on conditionality and the benefit cap, September 2011

Kinship Care Alliance submission to the Department for Education on arrangements following abolition of Education Maintenance Alliance, May 2011

Kinship Care Alliance submission to the Ministry of Justice review of legal aid, February 2011

Submission to the Frank Field Poverty Review, drafted by Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance. A summary is also available, October 2010

Submission to the Department for Education's draft statutory guidance for local authorities on family and friends care, drafted by Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, June 2010

Family and Friends Care best practice guide for local authorities - summary and full report - Family Rights Group report funded by The Nuffield Foundation, March 2010

Briefing about unique standards required for family and friends carers in response to Government's consultation on Fostering National Minimum Standards - Drafted by Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, December 2009

Report analysing the results of a Freedom of Information survey of local authorities' family and friends care policies - Our report funded by The Nuffield Foundation, September 2009

Our response on family and friends care to the Government's Ending Child Poverty consultation, March 2009

Our submission to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, May 2008

Our submission to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (plus appendix) Enquiry on Looked-after Children. Our submission focuses on the role of the state in supporting relatives raising children who cannot live with their parents, March 2008

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