Engagement: helping kinship carers have a voice

Research, engagement and influencing policy

A key part of the National Kinship Care Service is to ensure the needs of kinship carers and the children they look after are kept high on the political agenda.

We have undertaken research with kinship carers, children living in kinship care and local authorities to inform the development of policy and practice for kinship care families. This has included the development of the National Parenting Strategy, a financial review of kinship care and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

We also work with kinship carers and local kinship care groups to support them to influence policy and practice at national and local level. This work enabled kinship carers to develop and produce their own manifesto for the 2012 local government elections.

Engagement and research reports


During August to September 2014, we consulted with kinship carers and children and young people in kinship care on the Scottish Government’s proposals for secondary legislation for Part 13 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

Consultation with kinship carers

Consultation with children and young people