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The importance of kinship care (WS11)
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The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
The importance of kinship care (WS11)
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The importance of kinship care (WS11)

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This session will explore what support is needed within the family in order to support kinship care. It will also look at the role of ParentLine Scotland and how it supports families and …

This session will explore what support is needed within the family in order to support kinship care. It will also look at the role of ParentLine Scotland and how it supports families and practitioners. Contributor: Children First

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  • ParentLine Scotland provides the national helpline and email service for anyone concerned about a child.We are one of the services provided by CHILDREN 1STAlthough we support parents and carers, children are at the heart of everything we doWe are recognised by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy body in Scotland)ParentLine is a universal service, which anyone can access from anywhere in Scotland.We work with approx 300 contacts per monthAn average call to the helpline is 23.5 minutes
  • As you can see Behaviour and Family Relationships amount to over half the calls we receive, many of these focus on relationships between parents and teenagersContact and Residence is the only category where more dads call. This is usually when they are living apart from their children and trying to keep contactLegal queries tend to be about contact and separation agreements.Kinship Care – CHILDREN 1ST deliver the National Kinship Care Service and as a result calls from kinship carers have increased. The main issues that they talk about are Welfare Rights, Legal issues, Family Relationships and Substance Misuse
  • ParentLine Scotland provides the national helpline and email service for anyone concerned about a child.We are one of the services provided by CHILDREN 1STAlthough we support parents and carers, children are at the heart of everything we doWe are recognised by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy body in Scotland)ParentLine is a universal service, which anyone can access from anywhere in Scotland.We work with approx 300 contacts per monthAn average call to the helpline is 23.5 minutes
  • Split in gender was coincidence
  • AggressionDouble the number of male children and young people were involved in verbal and/or physical aggressionOver double the number of males had police involvementNearly double number of males had issues at school with regard to aggressive behaviourSubstance MisuseAs you can see the split of alcohol and young people is similar, however in our small sample, males have a higher instance of drugs.Sexual ActivityWe had no contacts where callers expressed concerns over their son’s sexual activity which is typical in our experience
  • As you can see from these behaviours, females are more likely to be involved than malesThe majority of calls/emails we receive has rarely one concern as families are often juggling a range of issues and problems.Other issues often include stress, anxiety and isolation.
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    • 1. Registered Scottish Charity No: SC016092
    • 2. January – December 20123,403 Contacts• 3,168 Calls• 235 Emails• 66% of contacts are parents• 78% are female, 22% are male• 28% are single parents
    • 3. January – December 2012Who do they call about? What did they call about?4,824 children and young people • Behaviour/Discipline 27%33% aged 12 – 18 years • Family Relationships 26%54% girls • Contact/Residence 16%43% boys • Legal 15% • Kinship Care 15%
    • 4. • 365 days a year• Out of hours service Monday – Friday 9 – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 12 – 8pm• Helpline• Email• Website• Ongoing telephone support• Call back facility
    • 5. 50 Call Sample 2012• Age Range 13 – 19 years• 25 calls relating to female children and 25 calls relating to male children• 39 female callers (36 mothers, 1 grandmother, 1 professional, 1 family friend)• 11 male callers (7 fathers, 1 step-father, 1 grandfather, 2 family friends)
    • 6. Key Issues:Aggression (verbal and physical)22 callers talked about violence, with 11 mentioningpolice involvement and 17 worried about issues atschoolSubstance Misuse5 callers mentioned drugs, 7 mentioned alcohol useSexual Activity3 calls concerned about the safety of daughters
    • 7. Other – 11 callsThreat of suicide – Females 4, Males 2Lying – Female 2, Males 0Running Away – Females 2, Male 1Background InformationLoss of a loved one – 10 callersDivorce/separation – 12 callersFinancial Difficulties – 2 callersChildren being bullied – 2 callers
    • 8. Quotes from Callers“My daughter has a Jekyll & Hyde personality” (mum)“My son is out of control” (dad)“I don’t know what how to cope with their behaviour “ (kinship carer)
    • 9. National Kinship Care Service• Information, Advice and Support Service – Confidential Helpline – ParentLine Scotland – Policy Activity – Outreach and Engagement – Training and Skills Development – Family Group Conferences (FGC)
    • 10. Policy Activity• Advocating on behalf of kinship carers to influence and inform national policy agenda on kinship care – Children and Young People Bill – Scottish Government Financial Review
    • 11. Outreach and Engagement• Visiting and learning from kinship care groups• Annual Regional Forums• Big Day Out 2012• CHILDREN 1ST AGM 2012 – focus on kinship care
    • 12. Training and Skills Development• Workshop Programme – kinship carers and local authorities• Newsletters, Factsheets and Information• Podcasts and Videos
    • 13. Family Group Conferences• Empowering Families• Drawing on strengths of wider family and friends in deciding how best to care for a child• Child Centred
    • 14. What information and support parents and carers want?• To talk, be listened to and to be understood• Reassurance that they are doing their best, they are not bad parents, and are trying to do the right thing• Sometimes they want to know they are not alone, that other parents have similar experiences
    • 15. • Often looking for suggestions, hints and tips, strategies• To be signposted to other organisations who can provide specific information• They want to help to improve situation for their children and family• Want to be clear about where to get help when they need it
    • 16. Contacts• Lisa MarshallKinship Care Policy and Outreach Worker0131 446 3983lisa.marshall@children1st.org.uk• ParentLine Scotland08000 28 22 33parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk

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