Cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

Anna Turley MP, with the support of Family Rights Group, has set up cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care. The aim 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.

An introductory briefing sets out key information about kinship care for Parliamentarians.

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.. The Terms of Reference including the remit of the Taskforce are outlined here.

Due to the December 2019 General Election, the Taskforce report has been postponed. We would welcome interest from Parliamentary candidates who wish to join the Taskforce, if elected.


There are three work streams that help to feed into the main Taskforce:

Work Stream 1: Assessment and access to services – including financial support, like welfare benefits, therapeutic or emotional help, and other support
Work Stream 2: Decision-making and family engagement – how families are identified and what advice do they require
Work Stream 3: Reshaping the system

Follow the work of the Taskforce on Twitter @KinshipCarePT


Gathering evidence and ideas


Are you a kinship carer? How you can influence the Taskforce

There are a number of ways that you can influence the Parliamentary Taskforce:


The launch of the Taskforce

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Anna Turley MP and kinship carers Nadhim Zahawi MP, Anna Turley MP, Enza (a kinship carer) and Bradley (her grandson)

 

Cathy Ashley, CEO, Family Rights Group, Anna Turley MP, and kinship carers Cathy Ashley, CE, Family Rights Group, Anna Turley MP and kinship carers

The Minister, Baroness Drake, Alex Cunningham MP, Melanie Onn MP plus kinship carers, civil servants and political advisers The Minister, Baroness Drake, Alex Cunningham MP, Melanie Onn MP 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, Grandparents Plus plus Kerry McCarthy MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Helen Hayes MP, Alex Cunningham MP and Baroness Drake

 

Luciana Berger MP and Anna Turley MP
Anna Turley MP and Luciana Berger MP

 

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. Speakers included Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. Other speakers included Enza and her grandson Bradley, Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive of Family Rights Group and Anna Turley MP.

Those attending included Luciana Berger MP, Alex Chalk MP, Alex Cunningham MP, Helen Hayes MP, Mike Hill MP, Kevan Jones MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Melanie Onn MP, Gareth Snell MP, Stephen Twigg 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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