Jac is a Trustee of the Family Rights Group, and a member of the charity’s Kinship Care Panel. She and her husband have an adult adopted son, and are special guardians to a seven year old, both of whom have complex needs. A retired local government social policy officer and former member of Northumberland’s Adoption Panel, Jac has held a range of social policy position at national, regional and local levels. She is a passionate campaigner for equality and has extensive experience of working with and advocating for vulnerable communities, children and adults.
Telephone Advice Line
If you are a parent, family member or friend of a child, in England or Wales, who has social workers involved in your child’s life, or if you need extra support from Children’s Services, and would like to speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential helpline.
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For advice from our advisers, or to get online support from other people in a similar position to you, visit the parents or family and friends carers forums. To explore new research and to discuss ideas with practitioners and families, visit the FGC Network or the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance Boards. If you are a domestic violence worker or social worker in London, visit our new research and practice board.
First Thought Not Afterthought: Report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care
New: This is the report of the first parliamentary inquiry into kinship care. It sets out the Taskforce’s findings, vision for the future and key recommendations. Read the report and its executive summary, and watch the report launch.Read the report here.
Delivering good practice initial assessments of family and friends carers in the context of Covid-19
A new appendix to the existing good practice guide for practitioners assessing whether a family member or friend might be a potentially realistic option to be a carer for a child who cannot live safely with their parents.Read the appendix here.