Grandparents Plus facilitates the Kinship Care Group for Professionals which is a group for social workers and others who work in kinship care.
We have over 100 members drawn from over 50 local authorities across London and the South East and it is growing fast. The Group holds quarterly meetings with high profile speakers. Meetings take place on a Chatham House rules basis to ensure that confidentiality is respected.
Join the Kinship Care Group for Professionals here.
New statutory guidance
The Department for Education (DfE) recently published new statutory guidance setting out a framework for the provision of support to family and friends carers. Aimed at local authorities, social workers and other social care staff the guidance makes clear that the estimated 300,000 children currently living in family and friends care should receive the support they and their carers need to safeguard and promote their welfare.
The guidance also requires local authorities to have a policy on family and friends care, to identify a named lead responsible, and sets out what local authorities and their partners should do to deliver effective services to children and young people who are living with family members or friends.
You can download the guidance document from the DfE website here.