Kinship carers must be recognised in law. 

Current inequality in the support available to kinship carers can impact everything from the financial and practical support they can expect to receive to school choice and access to funding for specific therapies for children who have suffered trauma.

It is a legal requirement to place children with family first where possible, and the vast majority of children who can’t be raised by their parents are looked after by kinship carers.

Central government must invest at all levels to ensure local authorities and the voluntary sector have the resources to support kinship families. There is national guidance - the Statutory Guidance for Family and Friends Care - but it is interpreted and implemented differently in each local authority.

Legislation is needed to ensure that kinship care is recognised in law and there must be immediate investment to ensure local authorities are funded to give kinship carers the support they need.

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