Positive outcomes for families include:

So far, over 1,000 kinship carers have received intensive one-to-one support and 46 peer-led support groups have been established across the country.

An independent evaluation by York Consulting found of the 550 families we supported in 2014 – 2017, the number of children on Child Protection Plans reduced by 86% and those on Child in Need Plans by 88%, equating to considerable savings for local authorities.

The evaluation concluded that there was clear evidence of the positive impact on kinship carers and their families, including a statistically significant positive impact in the following areas:

  • Reduced isolation: kinship carers are supported to meet people in the same situation, share experiences and seek advice and support from peers.

  • Decreased financial concerns: kinship cares are supported to access financial support they are entitled to including welfare benefits and emergency grants.

  • Lower levels of concern: especially around managing children’s behaviour and supporting their health and wellbeing.

  • Improved relationships: particularly with other family members.

  • Increased confidence: kinship carers feel more able to cope with their role and responsibilities.

For more information about commissioning Kinship Connected for your own local authority, please complete this short form and we will contact you.