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  1. 1. EU KINSHIP CARE PROJECT <br />(Scotland)<br />
  2. 2. The Pilot Project<br />A guide and resource booklet for Kinship Carers<br />Available as an online resource and contained within a pack that can be easily updated <br />
  3. 3. Why?<br />“They make you feel so stupid and so sometimes I just agreed to what they were saying in order to get the meeting over and done with.” <br />“I just felt so lost, I didn’t know where or who to turn to until I found out about kinship carer support groups.”<br />
  4. 4. Achieving Our Aims<br />
  5. 5. The Process<br />Liaise with all agencies to assess their views of the pilot<br />
  6. 6. Design of the Resource Guide<br />
  7. 7. Design of the Resource Guide cont<br />Contents<br />Assessment, guidance & support for kinship carers by the Local Authority<br />Benefit information for kinship carer<br />Legal rights and responsibilities of kinship carers<br />List of support agencies for kinship carers and their children<br />
  8. 8. Problems Faced<br />Lack of consistency within the local authorities of treatment of kinship carers <br />Different types of kinship carers – “looked after”<br /> - “non- looked after”<br /> - informal relationships <br />Lack of consistency for financial entitlements in all of the local authorities<br />Lack of understanding of the role of kinship carers by local authorities, government and key agencies<br />Differences of opinion by kinship carers & professionals of what is important <br />So much important information which needed to be included<br />Resource needs a personal touch<br />
  9. 9. New Resource Guide<br />Glossary to explain jargon<br />Colour coded sections for 3 types of kinship carers<br />Process of assessment & support for each<br />Benefit information for each<br />Case studies for all<br />Legal rights and responsibilities for each<br />Useful info and national support services<br />
  10. 10. The Launch<br />
  11. 11. Feedback<br />Kinship Carers<br />Professionals<br />Fantastic resource<br />Informative and well written<br />Eye catching, clear and easy to understand <br />Wide ranging with tight timescales<br />All our views have been listened to<br />A difficult task but undertaken well<br />“This is exciting this is the start of something new. I just wish I had this when I started out”<br />“This project highlights the problems in Scotland around kinship care”<br />
  12. 12. Lessons Learned for Scotland <br />There is a lack of awareness of what is a kinship carer?<br />There is a clear lack of recognition of the role of kinship care by the Scottish Government and Local Authorities<br />There is clear inconsistency across Scotland of the support, procedures and guidance for kinship carers<br />There is a clear lack of resources and support for kinship carers who are classed as “non looked after” and informal kinship carers<br />Clear inconsistencies between similar supporting agencies in providing advice to kinship carers<br />The resource has generated interest from other local authorities who now wish to use it – option for LA to have localised resources for their kinship carers<br />

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