Across Scotland there are many children who may live with family and friends at some point during their childhoods and kinship care is a crucial part of Scotland's care system.
This Inform Kinship briefing provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research, policy, legal and practice issues for kinship care across Scotland. It is aimed at everyone with an interest in supporting children in kinship care and will be of particular relevance to statutory social workers, legal officers, welfare rights officers, and kinship advocacy groups.
The briefing highlights the international evidence demonstrating the strong value of kinship care for children feeling loved, safe and secure with family. It examines the policy landscape in Scotland, the legal framework, how carers are assessed, and care planning for children.
It briefing concludes that: