Kinship Care…the story so far Anna Winters Care and Justice  0131 244 7027
Where the policy began <ul><li>Families have always done this!  </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying by kinship carers and politicia...
What has happened <ul><li>Concordat </li></ul><ul><li>Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 & published guidan...
Where we are now <ul><li>3, 172 ‘looked after’ in kinship care </li></ul><ul><li>20% of LAC population </li></ul><ul><li>1...
Issues in kinship care <ul><li>Family tensions – unique stressors </li></ul><ul><li>No preparation time </li></ul><ul><li>...
Issues in kinship care <ul><li>Perverse incentives - undermining policy? </li></ul><ul><li>Cheaper option…better outcomes?...
Kinship Ambition <ul><li>Improving non financial support for kinship carers </li></ul><ul><li>UK Benefits   </li></ul>
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  • Progress on Kinship Care since May 2007 Concordat commitment to financially support kinship carers for the first time ; payments by most local authorities. Implemented the 2009 Looked After Children Scotland Regulations . Published guidance and delivered training with our partners BAAF and TFN in every local authority to support this legislation. Funded Citizens Advice Scotland’s Advice and Information Service to advise and maximise benefits for kinship carers and to support local authorities. Commissioned the Child Poverty Action Group to deliver training to increase the skills and knowledge of frontline workers and social work managers. Funded Who Cares? Scotland to deliver the Corporate Parent National Training Programme which aims to help elected members and community partners be the best corporate parents they can be . Formed the Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group to drive forward an ambitious programme of work to improve outcomes across 5 cross-cutting areas.
  • LAC figures taken from CLAS 2009/10 After writing to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for DWP in August, we were invited to meet the Department for Education, Treasury and HMRC colleagues in London on Friday 4 February to discuss child benefit policy, kinship carers and to gain an appreciation of the care system in the 2 different countries. The meeting was a success and it has been agreed that a joint paper will be produced with UK colleagues to take the issue forward. Recent concessions from the UK Government to support carers through the Benefits system: Since April 2010, kinship carers have been receiving their kinship care allowances free of tax – with some carers benefiting by up to around £25 a week. From October 2010, kinship care payments made from section 22 of the Children Scotland Act 1995 and section 50 of the Children Act 1975 will be fully disregarded for the purposes of housing and council tax benefit . Some kinship carers benefitting up to £50 per week. Mention the service but C1st will go into a bit more detail next!!
  • Our overall policy ambition is a two part approach . We will continue to focus on influencing UK Ministers to change the benefits system to better support kinship carers and we will continue improving on non-financial support.
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    1. 1. Kinship Care…the story so far Anna Winters Care and Justice 0131 244 7027
    2. 2. Where the policy began <ul><li>Families have always done this! </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying by kinship carers and politicians for recognition; previous government </li></ul><ul><li>Getting It Right For Children In Kinship and Foster Care (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Moving Forward In Kinship and Foster Care (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Concordat commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Getting It Right For Every Child, Early Years </li></ul>
    3. 3. What has happened <ul><li>Concordat </li></ul><ul><li>Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 & published guidance to support these regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Funded Citizens Advice Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned training </li></ul><ul><li>Funded Who Cares? Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Formed Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group (LACSIG) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Where we are now <ul><li>3, 172 ‘looked after’ in kinship care </li></ul><ul><li>20% of LAC population </li></ul><ul><li>17,000 estimated Informal arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Most councils make payments and provide services </li></ul><ul><li>Working with UK Govt to change benefits system to better support kinship carers. </li></ul><ul><li>Launched the National Training, Advice and Support Service for all kinship carers </li></ul>
    5. 5. Issues in kinship care <ul><li>Family tensions – unique stressors </li></ul><ul><li>No preparation time </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Access to services </li></ul><ul><li>Educational – particularly with older grandparents </li></ul><ul><li>Health – alcohol and substance misuse </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health </li></ul>
    6. 6. Issues in kinship care <ul><li>Perverse incentives - undermining policy? </li></ul><ul><li>Cheaper option…better outcomes? </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness and ‘poor relation’ </li></ul><ul><li>Employment and income </li></ul><ul><li>No national support </li></ul><ul><li>Big increase in numbers </li></ul>
    7. 7. Kinship Ambition <ul><li>Improving non financial support for kinship carers </li></ul><ul><li>UK Benefits </li></ul>
    8. 8. Any questions?
    9. 9. Thank you.

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