Family and friends who care for children

1. Kinship care

Children frequently have significant relationships with wider family members. 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:

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