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 kinship carers - full report
- Appendix A: Survey with adults
- Appendix B: Informal consultation paper
Consultation with children and young people
- Consultation with children and young people in kinship care - full report
- Appendix A: Survey with children and young people
- Financial Review of kinship care – consultation with kinship carers – full report
- Financial Review of kinship care – consultation with kinship carers – summary version
In 2013 we engaged with over 250 kinship carers on a financial review being undertaken by the Scottish Government. We are also working to ensure the needs of kinship care families are considered as part of the welfare reform agenda.
- Consultation report with kinship carers on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill
To help inform the Scottish Government’s development of proposals for the Children and Young People Bill, in 2012 we surveyed kinship carers on key proposals.
- Engagement report with kinship carers (2012): “Knowing she is with family and not strangers.”
A report on the priority of needs and concerns for kinship carers.
- Engagement report with children and young people in kinship care (2012)
An engagement report on the experiences and needs of children and young people in kinship care.
- Local authority survey report on kinship care (2011)
A survey report mapping kinship care support conducted across social work departments in all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.