Advice and information for family and friends carers, also known as kinship carers

New: Advice for family and friends carers (known as kinship carers) during the Coronavirus Crisis

This is a very difficult time for all children but especially those who are not living with their parents and have already suffered loss, tragedy or trauma. This top tips guide is intended to support kinship carers to help children to safely maintain a relationship with those who are important to them, including their parents, brothers, sisters and friends, even if they cannot visit them.


This part of our website is divided into sections that have been designed to help you find the information you need.

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Note on jurisdiction: the information on this website refers to England and Wales. Wales has some differences in law and guidance to England, so if unsure, please check with Family Rights Group about Wales. The information here does not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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