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What is Kinship Care?

A Kinship Carer is the term used to describe a person who looks after a child, when they are not able to live with their parents.

They may be an adult who is either:

  • Related to the child (through blood, half blood, marriage, or civil partnership)
  • A person who is known to the child and with whom the child has a pre-existing relationship with.

There are lots of reasons why children may live in a kinship arrangement, sometimes this happens on a planned basis or it may be in response to concerns about the child’s care which means it is not safe for them to live with their parents.

Kinship carers have the same responsibility as if they were the parents. They must provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment and meet the child’s individual emotional, social, and educational needs.

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