Family and friends who care for children

Often, throughout a child’s life, relatives and close friends will play a very significant role in children’s lives especially at a time when things at home are not going well.

Sometimes children live with extended family or friends who become the main carer for the child. Family and friend carers include grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters or family friends. This is often called ‘kinship care’.

These are usually private arrangements within the family but sometimes it’s because of a family court order.

We have developed a number of leaflets to explain how we support family and friends carers:

Family and friends values and policy statement
Help for family and friends carers
Family group conferences
What makes a suitable family and friends carer
Private fostering
Useful contacts
Financial support for kinship carer Special Guardians
Financial support kinship carers with a Child Arrangement Order

Government guidance and the law

Looking after someone else’s child – GOV.UK