Could do better... Must do better: A study of family and friends care local authority policies
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By Mercer A, Lindley B, Hopkins A, Edited by Ashley C. March 2015

The study analyses 53 family and friends care policies, to identify how they are complying with statutory family and friends care guidance and to highlight good practice. It includes a check list to assist local authorities to develop and improve their policies.

This report is based upon research by Family Rights Group that reveals 26 (17%) of English local authorities, including 30% of London local authorities, are failing to comply with the most basic requirement of statutory guidance issued in 2011, to have a published policy setting out their approach towards promoting and supporting the needs of children living with family and friends carers.