Grandparents Plus welcomes the Parliamentary Taskforce report of kinship care
Lucy Peake, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus said:
“We welcome the Parliamentary Taskforce report on kinship care, launched on 30 September, which highlighted the significant contribution of kinship carers and the urgent need for more support.
“The Taskforce’s recommendations illustrate the step change that is needed to ensure kinship care families get the support they need. We know many of you feel left behind by the system, and hope this report will signal an end to treating kinship care like the poor relation to adoption and fostering.
“Kinship carers do an incredible job, providing vital care to keep children out of the care system and we owe it to each and every one to continue to strive for increased recognition and support.”
At Grandparents Plus, we are 100% committed to continuing to extend our support to all kinship families. Our specialist support now accessible to kinship carers across England and Wales includes an advice service, preparation training, one-to-one support from project workers, peer support, support groups, and a community of over 7,000 kinship carers.
Our proven, evidence-based support is commissioned by over 78 local authorities across the country, but we want it to be available to even more kinship carers, so we will continue to work with local authorities, children’s social care services to achieve that, and we will continue to call on the government for improved and more consistent support for kinship care families. The government now has clear recommendations for what needs to change and we must not lose momentum.