We welcomed over 100 kinship carers, professionals, academics and charity representatives to Church House in Westminster last week, to hear about new research from presenters including Professor Elaine Farmer, Dinithi Wijedasa from the University of Bristol and from our very own Chief Executive Lucy Peake.

The conference, hosted in partnership with Family Lives, was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Lucy said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity to bring together kinship carers with social workers, researchers and many others who want to see a change in the way kinship care is recognised and supported.  What’s clear is that there’s a desperate need for things to be done differently – our research shows that kinship carers need more support, and that young people who’ve grown up in kinship care are falling behind their peers in the general population.  What’s equally clear is that there’s real momentum building up to make this change happen, and this was a great chance to bring people together to look at what needs to happen next.”

Pamela Park, Deputy Chief Executive of Family Lives said:

“The conference really helped to raise awareness of the diverse experiences and situations faced by kinship carers and to bring this to the attention of commissioners and MPs. We will be continuing to push for changes and improvements to the way society supports kinship carers to help ensure that both they and the children they raise have the best outcomes possible.”