Being a kinship carer isn't easy, and it's often difficult to know where you can turn to for support.  Whether you've already taken on care of a child or are thinking about doing so, getting the right advice is really important.  A good place to start is our new kinship carer page. 

In this section, you can find information about:

Can't find what you're looking for? Call us on 0300 123 7015.

Our advice line is open for all kinship carers, and is a free, confidential and impartial service run by experienced and sympathetic professional advisers.

We offer:

  • advice and information on welfare benefits and other sources of financial support, and a wide range of other issues including employment, housing, debt, social care and education
  • signposting to other appropriate organisations.
  • peer support and a listening ear from our Someone Like Me volunteers.  

Our advisers can also give more information about the services Grandparents Plus offers kinship carers, including the national support network for the wider family raising children.

The advice line is open between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Translation services are available. At busy times please leave a message and we will get back to you. Alternatively, email us at [email protected] or ask our team a question here

Please note: calls to our advice line cost the same as calls to any geographical (01 or 02) number, whether you are calling from a landline or a mobile. If you have an inclusive calling plan your free calls will include calls to this number.