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.
For more detailed information, please see our range of advice sheets on family support, child protection, looked after children, family and friends care, adoption or challenging decisions.
Four day virtual family group conference training for new co-ordinators
A virtual course for those with some knowledge of family group conferencing and child care planning processes who wish to increase their understanding and necessary skills to co-ordinate a family group conference. We have various dates in 2021.Find out more and book your place here
New survey reveals severe strains on kinship carers
A new Covid report from the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care shows that kinship carers are facing severe strains on their capacity to balance health, financial hardship and the wellbeing and educational needs of children who might otherwise be in the care system.Read the report here
First Thought Not Afterthought: Report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care
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