Kinship care

Definition of Kinship Care

If a child cannot live with their birth parents, for however long or short a period, a 'family first' option should be considered.

Kinship Care is defined under the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 as ‘a person who is related to the child (through blood, marriage or civil partnership) or a person with whom the child has a pre-existing relationship’.

Support for Kinship Carers

The Scottish Government funded Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) to provide an advice and information service to kinship carers. The service offers carers confidential help and support on:

  • Legal rights and responsibilities
  • Financial Assistance, including benefits advice
  • Helping carers cope on a day to day basis

The Helpline can be contacted on 0808 000 006

Advisers at every Scottish CAB can provide detailed advice on kinship care and can access additional specialist advice for complex cases. Money and legal issues can be complex for kinship carers. You can call the confidential Kinship Care Helpline on: 0808 800 0006. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Some basic advice and background to kinship care can be found on Adviceguide, including this document on Key Facts and Key questions. CPAG Scotland also provide a valuable fact sheet.

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