At Children 1st we know that often the best way to help children is by supporting families.
We want to see more emphasis given to providing help for families at an early stage when they need it, rather than waiting until things have reached crisis point. We want to support children to live with their families wherever possible, and want better support for young carers and those living in kinship care arrangements.
We helped to influence the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which created new measures aimed at supporting children, young people and families, and identifying any problems they might face at an early stage. We also called for more and better support for kinship care families, and consulted with both children and adults in kinship care arrangements through the National Kinship Care service before sending on their views to the Scottish Government.