All across Scotland, thousands of people care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. These 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’.
For kinship carers
Advisers at every 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, Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5pm on: 0808 800 0006 . Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles. Outside of operating times, please leave your contact details and a short message and you will be contacted within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.
Some basic advice and background to kinship care can be found on Adviceguide, including this document on Key Facts and Key questions (link no longer available). CPAG Scotland also provide a valuable fact sheet.
Money and legal issues can be complex for kinship carers. We recommend you seek advice from a CAB.
The kinship care advice and information service for kinship carers is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Scotland’s network of citizens advice bureaux. The helpline is provided by Citizens Advice Direct.
For those providing support and services for kinship care
The kinship care advice and information service also provides support and assistance to local authorities. The project can:
- provide training for local authorities and voluntary organisations on a wide range of kinship care issues
- assist local authorities and others to identify, develop and share effective kinship care services
- assist and support the development of new kinship care initiatives, e.g. work in prisons and drug projects
- provide advice and assistance on complex cases.
CAS’s work with local authorities and other stakeholders is carried out by four regional officers and a national co-ordinator.
Social policy evidence
CAS carefully monitors the issues raised by kinship carers using their local CAB and the kinship care helpline. An evidence report, Relative Value, based on the experiences of kinship carers using the Scottish CAB Service was published by CAS in October 2010.