What happens when you take kinship care to Trafalgar Square?

There are 200,000 children being raised by kinship carers in the UK.  We believe that there needs to be more recognition and support for kinship carers across the country, and we've teamed up with Family Lives and the Big Lottery Fund to raise awareness of kinship care in the UK.

Watch and share our new video featuring Rochelle, a grandmother raising her two granddaughters.

Rochelle said:

I didn’t envisage raising a family again.  I didn’t have to do it, but the choice was that they would have been put in care – one would have been adopted and the other would have gone through the foster care system.  Not only are they ripped from their parents, they’re then ripped apart.  These children need a stable upbringing, to be safe, to be wanted, to be loved.

The biggest issue is support.  Everything is a struggle and a fight, and it shouldn’t have to be that way – these children have been through enough.

Did you know

  • If every child being looked after by kinship carers were fostered instead, each local authority would be looking at an average additional cost of £14.8 million. Local authorities aren’t required to provide any financial assistance to kinship carers to help them raise the children, even if they’re living below the poverty line.
  • For every school or nursery in the UK, there are eight children being raised in kinship care. Schools aren’t required to know which children aren’t living with their parents, or offer extra support to children or their carers.
  • There are 21 children in kinship care per registered GP surgery in the UK. Children in kinship care are more likely to have a disability, learning or behavioural difficulties and mental health problems, but doctors aren’t asked to record if a child is living with their parents or carers.

What can you do?

One of the main challenges kinship carers face is the fact that so few people know about their situation.  By sharing the video on Facebook and Twitter, you can help spread the word about kinship care families and raise awareness of their need for better support.