Cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

Catherine McKinnell MP is the new Chair of the cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care. The aim of the Taskforce is to raise awareness about, and support for, children in kinship care and to highlight the importance of this option for children who cannot live with their parents.

Since the Taskforce was set up in December 2018 by former parliamentarian Anna Turley in conjunction with Family Rights Group, thousands of kinship carers and the children they are raising have shared their evidence and experiences with members of the Taskforce. Events for kinship carers have been held across England and Wales and child welfare and family justice organisations working with kinship families have also shared their ideas for change. The next step is for the Taskforce to review evidence gathered and to draw up its report and recommendations, which will be launched in early May 2020.

All MPs and Peers are welcome to join the Taskforce – if you’d like to get involved contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An introductory briefing sets out key information about kinship care for Parliamentarians, and the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference, including the remit of the Taskforce, are outlined here.

Follow the work of the Taskforce on Twitter @KinshipCarePT


Gathering your evidence and ideas


Are you a kinship carer? You can still influence the Taskforce

Contact your MP today – encourage them to get involved with the Taskforce and tell them what is most important to you.

If you are not sure who your MP is, or do not know their contact details, you can find it out through this website. To make it simpler you can download and edit a template letter for kinship carers here. The text of the draft letter also includes an invite to your MP to get involved in the Taskforce.

Please do copy the email or letter that you send to your MP and any response that you get to the Parliamentary Taskforce c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post these letters to the Parliamentary Taskforce c/o Cathy Ashley, Family Rights Group, Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL.

Alongside analysing existing research, the Taskforce are analysing the letters to identify matters of most importance to kinship carers.


The launch of the Taskforce

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Anna Turley MP and kinship carersNadhim Zahawi MP, then-Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, former Taskforce Chair Anna Turley, Enza (a kinship carer) and Bradley (her grandson)

 

Cathy Ashley, CEO, Family Rights Group, Anna Turley MP, and kinship carersCathy Ashley, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group, Anna Turley, and kinship carers

The Minister, Baroness Drake, Alex Cunningham MP, Melanie Onn MP plus kinship carers, civil servants and political advisers Nadhim Zahawi MP , Baroness Drake, Alex Cunningham MP, former Taskforce member Melanie Onn plus kinship carers, civil servants and political advisers

Lucy Peake from Grandparents Plus plus a number of MPs including Kerry McCarthy MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Helen Hayes MP, Alex Cunningham MP and Baroness Drake Lucy Peake, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus with a number of MPs and now former MPs including Kerry McCarthy MP, Stephen Twigg, Helen Hayes MP, Alex Cunningham MP and Baroness Drake

Luciana Berger MP and Anna Turley MP
Former members of the Taskforce,
Luciana Berger and Anna Turley

 

Alex Chalk MP with a kinship carer

Alex Chalk MP with a kinship carer

The Taskforce was launched at an event in Parliament on the 5th December 2018. Speakers included Nadhim Zahawi MP, then-Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. Other speakers included kinship carer Enza and her grandson Bradley, and Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive of Family Rights Group and the founder of the Taskforce, Anna Turley..

Those attending included Alex Chalk MP, Alex Cunningham MP, Helen Hayes MP, Mike Hill MP, Kevan Jones MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Baroness Armstrong, Baroness Drake, alongside kinship carers, civil servants from the Department for Education and representatives from organisations within the Kinship Care Alliance including Coram BAAF, Family Rights Group, Grandparents Plus, and Kinship Carers UK.


“Kinship carers have been unbelievably brave in sharing their very personal stories…I will be the voice of kinship care in Government.” Nadhim Zahawi MP


Media coverage about the Parliamentary Taskforce

Articles or interviews about the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

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