Across Scotland, an estimated 13,000 people care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. These carers are often grandparents, aunts and uncles, but can also be family friends. People who look after children in these kinds of circumstances are often known as ‘kinship carers’.
This area is very complex, and with many varying rules in different circumstances. CAS runs a very specialised service to help Kinship Carers get the support they need and are entitled to. The video features Gill, who works with this project, talking about the many different forms of advice and help available through the network of bureaux across the country.
Advisers at Scottish CAB can provide detailed advice on kinship care and can access additional specialist advice for complex cases. If you can’t get to your local CAB, get on the phone. You can call the confidential Kinship Care Helpline on: 0808 800 0006. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.
For more information have a look at the kinship care pages on our website http://www.cas.org.uk/working-partnership/kinship-care.