Our submission, which is endorsed by a number of organisations and individuals, sets out our concerns that the proposed Regulations and associated guidance could result in children who are accommodated in local authority care with the voluntary... agreement of their parents, being placed with potential adopters without any court decision & without the parents being first notified or having legal advice and despite there being potentially suitable family members. We also fear proposals that seem to introduce an underlying presumption against siblings being placed together. We set out safeguards to ensure fair process and ensure the child’s welfare needs, including their identify and right to family life are central.
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.
0808 801 0366
(Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm)
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.
Join the Virtual Lobby of Parliament during Kinship Care Week 5-11 October
We are asking kinship carers and people with insight into kinship care to meet their local MPs online. Sign up to take part and make the case for a better deal for kinship carers.
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.