A survey produced by Kinship, a company providing support and assistance to kinship carers, has found that only 11% of carers received support from their local authorities to help with contact between children in kinship care and their parents, and a further 23% wanted support but did not receive it.
The survey also noted that 62% of carers they polled believed the children in their care had long term physical and mental health needs.
The figure of 62% marks a 43% increase from the last survey carried out by Kinship in 2010, raising important questions about why these needs may be rising.
The survey found that only 33% of children had received a formal diagnosis and that of those children, 40% had been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, 38% with behavioural issues, and 38% with an attachment disorder.
The poll also held that 36% of the children had special educational needs, a figure three times the national average (12%).
Kinship care refers to children whose parents are unable to look after them on a short or long term basis and are cared for by other relatives, or by other adults who have a connection to the child, such as a sibling, close family friend or neighbour. The majority of kinship carers are grandparents.
The survey gathered the views of 1,651 kinship carers, which in relative terms is an extremely small sample. We couldn’t find an exact figure for the number of kinship carers in England and Wales but a conservative estimate might be 100,000 adults caring for these children under such an arrangement.
There are currently more than 200,000 children in the UK being cared for by family or a friend.
Reblogged this on tummum's Blog and commented:
Absolute disgrace. Still the same as back in the early 2000’s then 😢🦋 Xxxxxx
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Ian Josephs said:
The reality is that not only do social workers fail to enable contact between children under Kinship care and their parents they in many cases actualy forbid it and do all they can to prevent contact !
In many cases they will threaten to remove children from Kinship carers and give them to be fostered by strangers if the relatives allow contact between the children in their care and their birth parents.
That is the harsh reality of kinship care……………..
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Richard Roper PAIN said:
JUST HAD A CASE. Yrs> this is exactly how they behave
RICHARD ROPER said:
UNHAPPIILY IF YOU HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH kINSHIP CARERS you will know they recceive virtually no support despite Special Guardianships being created for this purpose and Supervision Orders and Family Assistance Orders being created to help them.. The £4444440 million given to the ADOPTION SOCIETIES to promote Forced Adoption should have been given to this.
Parents Against Injustice PAIN
keith brettwood said:
Are you a Probono solicitor for PAIN ?
keith brettwood said:
Link to the story of conservative MP for Telford Lucy Allan who almost lost her Son to corrupt social workers in 2012.