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Becoming a kinship carer

If you would like to be considered as a kinship carer of a “looked after” child or young person you need to inform the child/young person’s social worker and he or she will then advise you of the next steps.
 You can also contact the Kinship Team at Aberdeen City Council for information and advice on 01224 694554 or e-mail kinship@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 
To be considered as a kinship carer of a “looked after” child/young person we must undertake a number of checks under the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009. These include
  • statutory checks including Disclosure Scotland
  • checks of social care databases
  • health checks
  • financial assessment
The assessment process can take several weeks or months and involves tasks such as:
  • home visits from social workers
  • conversations and sharing personal information
  • exploring behaviours and motivation
  • discussing supports
 
We would ask that you work closely with your worker to help them gather this information and they will then make their recommendation and present this in report form to Aberdeen City Council’s Alternative Family Care Panel, you will be expected to attend this but you will be supported by your allocated worker. A further recommendation is then passed to Aberdeen City Council’s Agency Decision Maker and you will be informed of their decision.
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