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. The chair of the Taskforce is Catherine McKinnell MP

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.

All MPs and Peers are welcome to join the Taskforce, which is jointly serviced by Catherine McKinnell MP’s office and Family Rights Group. 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.. The Taskforce’s Terms of Reference, including the remit of the Taskforce, are outlined here.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the launch of the Taskforce’s report setting out its findings, vision for the future and key recommendations was postponed until 30 September 2020. In the meantime the Taskforce commissioned a survey specifically into the experiences of kinship carers and the children they are raising during the Pandemic, the results of which have been published.

Follow the work of the Taskforce on Twitter @KinshipCarePT.


Watch the virtual launch of the Parliamentary Taskforce report on Kinship Care 


Read the report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care:

Kinship Care Parliamentary Report Front Cover

First Thought Not Afterthought: Report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, September 2020

The report summarises research and evidence gathered by the Taskforce and makes a series of recommendations for Government, local authorities and other public agencies to help deliver a vision for kinship care.

Download the report here


Kinship Care Parliamentary Report Executive Summary Front Cover

Executive Summary of the Report of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care

Download the report here 


Gathering your evidence and ideas

The Taskforce has carried out an extensive evidence-gathering exercise. Thousands of kinship carers and the children they are raising have shared their experiences with us, as have legal and social work practitioners, local and national decision makers and organisations working with kinship care families. This evidence is summarised in the Taskforce report and has informed the Taskforce’s vision and recommendations be launched on 30 September 2020.


Other published reports produced on behalf of the Taskforce:

Kinship carers experiences during the coronavirus crisis front cover

Kinship carers’ experiences during the coronavirus crisis, May 2020

Responding to the pandemic, over five days during Easter 2020 Family Rights Group (on behalf of The Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care) conducted a survey of kinship carers’ experiences during the crisis. More than 650 kinship carers raising over 1000 kinship care children filled in the survey. The report provides a detailed analysis of the survey and sets out recommendations.

Download the report here


News and activities from the Taskforce

30 September 2020 Taskforce press release on its report, based upon evidence gathered over the last 18 months from 1000s of kinship carers, from young people, practitioners, organisations working with kinship care families and decision makers.

6 May 2020 The Taskforce published its report on kinship care households’ experiences during the Pandemic. The report reveals that the Coronavirus pandemic is increasing the pressure on already vulnerable kinship care families.

A letter to the Prime Minister was signed by 57 parliamentarians, who are members and supporters of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care. They highlighted the specific challenges facing kinship carers during the Pandemic. They also urged the Prime Minister to help ease the situation of kinship carers and avoid placements breaking down, resulting in more children entering the care system.

17 March 2020 Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Taskforce, wrote to Government departments asking them as a matter of urgency to consider the needs and circumstances of kinship carers, including those aged over 70 years old, those with a serious underlying health condition or who are raising a child with such a condition.

5 March 2020 Parliamentarians, who are members of the Taskforce, wrote to the Chancellor, asking him to invest in families who provide a safe and loving home to children who would otherwise enter or remain in care. The letter sets out six measures that the Chancellor should take.



The launch of the Taskforce

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.

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
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