Kinship carers should be entitled to request an assessment of their family’s support needs from the local authority at any time they feel is necessary.

A child placed in kinship care at birth or at a very young age might take many years to show signs of trauma in their behaviour, long after any initial assessment period might have taken place. However, many local authorities have closed the child’s case by this time and are reluctant to look again at the child and families’ needs.

In addition, support should continue beyond the child’s 18th birthday to lessen potential restrictions on the choices facing young people who have grown up in kinship care as they gain their independence or in accessing higher education.

This is also essential for disabled children moving to adulthood when the allowance suddenly ends and the kinship carers are still responsible when the child (now adult) isn’t able to live independently.

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