Kinship carers should have access to specialist and independent advice and information as soon as they are asked to look after the child. This should include: 

  • free, independent legal advice in order to make informed decisions about the care arrangements they make for the child
  • financial advice to ensure kinship carers are able to make informed decisions and access allowances and benefits they are entitled to
  • tailored and specific training should be made available for kinship carers who feel they might benefit
  • signposting to peer support groups

If you want to get involved in campaigning for change on this, or any other issue, please contact [email protected]