This event will bring together Grandparents Plus' extensive experience of supporting kinship carers with the knowledge of our partners. It aims to provide practical solutions to help social workers provide consistent and effective support to kinship carers*.

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Who should attend

Children’s services team leaders and frontline social workers working with special guardians and other kinship carers*.

This is a free event (thanks to our funding partner Nesta – the innovation foundation) but there are only 100 places, so we ask that no more than two people from each local authority attend.

* When we refer to kinship carers, we mean any family member or friend who has taken on the full-time care of a child because their parents aren’t able to, regardless of legal order.


Priority booking

We are offering members of our Kinship Care Professionals Network priority booking for this event. If you are a member, please express your interest in attending before 11 October 2019. If you're not yet a member, you can join here. 

In order to help us ensure that the event best meets your needs, when you register please tell us about any particular issues or challenges that you would like to discuss or examples of good practice that you would like to hear more about or share with others. 

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At this interactive knowledge exchange you will be able to:

  • SHARE: Hear practical examples from other social workers from children’s service teams about how they deliver their friends and family care policy – share with others in a safe space the successes and challenges you’ve faced and what you’ve learnt along the way
  • NETWORK: Meet your counterparts from children’s services teams from across the country and problem-solve together.
  • LISTEN: Hear how the latest research into special guardians and kinship carers can inform effective working practice for your team.
  • JOIN: Join our kinship care professional’s network to link up with social workers from local authorities across the country and stay up-to-date with the latest information on supporting special guardians and kinship carers.
  • LEARN: Better understand some of the issues affecting kinship carers and the children they care for
  • DISCOVER: Find out how Grandparents Plus supports kinship carers across the country through our advice service, as well as how we can help your team provide localised, cost effective, one-to-one family support and support group management via our commissioned service - Kinship Connected.
  • DEVELOP: Count this free event towards your CPD days.

Grandparents Plus is the only national charity that exists to support all kinship carers, including special guardians, and we regularly consult with our community of over 5,500 kinship carers as well as run a free advice service supporting over 2,000 people a year.

Our network of over 500 professionals – mostly social workers working with special guardians and other kinship carers - meets regularly in both London and the North of England to discuss relevant issues and problem-solve together. If you are not already a member of our kinship care professionals Network, you are welcome to join here.

Register your interest in the event here