document CARERS' VIEWS | Doing the right thing: A report on the experiences of kinship carers ABSTRACT, Family Rights Group, October 2015

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FRG 15 Doing the right thing ABSTRACT OCT 15.docx

This abstract provides details of a report into the experiences of kinship carers based on calls to the Family Rights Group Advice Service and an online survey.

pdf CARERS' VIEWS | Hearing the voice of the kinship foster carer in Northern Ireland: An inquiry into characteristics, needs and experience, The Fostering Network, January 2015

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FN 15 Hearing the voice of the kinship foster carer in NI JAN 15.pdf

This study, commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board, examines the characteristics, needs and experience of kinship foster carers.

pdf COMPLAINTS | Family Values: Council services to family and friends who care for others' children, Local Government Ombudsman, November 2013

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LGO 13 Family Values ABSTRACT NOV 13.pdf

This abstract details a Focus Report highlighting the stories of family and friends carers receiving unfair treatment as well as the common issues found in the complaints it handles.

pdf EMPLOYMENT | Giving up the day job? Kinship carers and employment, Grandparents plus, June 2012

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GP 12 Giving up the day job JUN 12.pdf

This abstract details a report which provides new evidence of high numbers of kinship carers falling out of the labour market when they take on the care of children.

document EVALUATION | Could do better...Must do better: A study of family and friends care local authority policies ABSTRACT, Family Rights Group, March 2015

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FRG 15 Could do better ABSTRACT MAR 15.docx

This abstract provides details of research which revealed significant failings among English local authorities in their support for family and friend carers.

pdf GRANDPARENTS | Too old to care? The experiences of older grandparents raising their grandchildren, Grandparents plus, June 2011

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GP 11 Too old to care JUN 11.pdf

This abstract details a report which highlights the challenges older carers face, including isolation, discrimination and poverty.

pdf GRANDPARENTS | What if we said no? Grandparents plus, October 2010

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GP 10 What if we said no OCT 10.pdf

This abstract details a report which outlines the findings from a survey of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Network.

pdf Kinship Care in Wales: Quick Guide, National Assembly for Wales, April 2012

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WA 12 Kinship care in Wales Quick Guide APR 12.pdf

A research service guide.

default Kinship care submission: Children in Care Green Paper Team, Office of the Children's Commissioner, 22 September 2006

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OCC 06 ABSTRACT Kinship care submission Children in Care Green Paper Team ABSTRACT 22 Sep 06.pdf

This abstract details a submission paper produced by Claire Phillips, Office of the Children's Commissioner, which aims to summarise key aspects of kinship care in the context of the forthcoming Green Paper on Children in Care and to highlight areas of policy and research that require attention.

default Kinship care, Dr L Black, 4 February 2012

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NIA 12 Kinship Care Research & Information Service Research Paper 4 Feb 12.pdf

This research paper has been produced by the Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service.  It considers the legal framework for the care of children in Northern Ireland; formal and informal types of kinship care; statistics; support for foster carers; policy and practice; parental responsibility and Special Guardianship Orders in kinship care.

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default Kinship care: The legal framework: Current themes in policy and practice & what research tells us, C Mullin, 2012

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CFLU 12 Kinship care The legal framework C Mullin APR 12.pdf

This paper explores some of the current issues and themes in respect of kinship care for children looked after in Northern Ireland that emerged from the BAAF Legal Group seminar on 12 September 2011.

pdf LEGISLATION | Family and Friends Care Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, Department for Education, 2010

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DfE 10 Family and Friends Care Statutory guidance for local authorities 2010.pdf

This document provides guidance on the implementation of local authority duties in the Children Act 1989 in respect of children and young people who are being brought up by members of their extended families, friends or other people who are connected with them.

pdf Looking after the family: A study of children looked after in kinship care in Scotland, Social Work Inspection Agency, June 2006

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SWIA 06 Looking after the family JUN 06.pdf

This study is in two parts: • a national survey of policies and practices for children looked after in kinship care across the 32 local authorities in Scotland • an intensive study, carried out in five local authorities, of 30 looked after children, who were living in 24 kinship care families.

default Spotlight on kinship care: Using Census microdata to examine the extent and nature of kinship care in the UK Executive summary, University of Bristol, May 2011

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UOB 11 Spotlight on kinship care Executive summary MAY 11.pdf

Micro-data from the 2001 UK population census were analysed to provide more information on the extent of kinship care in the UK in 2001.This is an executive summary of part 1 of a two-part study on kinship care.

pdf STANDARDS | Draft Standards for Kinship Foster Carers in Northern Ireland, DHSSPSNI, April 2010

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DHSSPSNI 10 Standards for Kinship Foster Carers in NI DRAFT APR 10.pdf

This document sets out draft minimum standards for kinship foster carers.  The standards specify the arrangements, services, support and procedures that need to be in place to ensure the unique needs of kinship foster carers and of the children they foster are met.

pdf STANDARDS | Minimum Kinship Care Standards Northern Ireland, DHSSPSNI, February 2014

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DHSSPS 14 Minimum Kinship Care Standards NI FEB 14.pdf

These standards apply specifically in kinship care placements made by a Health and Social Care Trust under Article 27 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 in respect of a looked after child.

document SUBSTANCE ABUSE | Caring for Grandchildren in Kinship Care:What Difficulties Face Irish Grandparents with Drug-Dependent Children? ABSTRACT Journal of Social Work Practice in Addiction, 2015

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JSWPA 15 Caring for Grandchildren in Kinship Care ABSTRACT 2015.docx

This abstract provides details of an article which presents the findings of a small qualitative study of the experience of Irish grandparents providing full-time care for grandchildren whose birth parents were drug-dependent.

pdf SUBSTANCE ABUSE | Forgotten families The needs and experiences of grandparents who care for children whose parents misuse drugs and alcohol, Grandparents plus, November 2006

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GP 06 Forgotten Families NOV 06.pdf

This abstract details a joint report by Grandparents Plus and Adfam which is based on a literature review and consultation with grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of drug and alcohol abuse in the family.

pdf SUPPORT | It's Just Not Fair! Support, need and legal status in family and friends ABSTRACT, Family Rights Group, May 2013

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FRG 13 It's just not fair ABSTRACT MAY 13.pdf

This abstract details a three year study undertaken by Oxford University on family and friends carers.  It finds that support for kinship carers bears little relationship to need.

pdf The prevalence and characteristics of children growing up with relatives in the UK, University of Bristol, 2015

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UOB 15 The prevalence & characteristics of children growing up with relatives in the UK 2015.pdf

This briefing paper analysed microdata from the latest 2011 Census to map the number of children growing up in kinship care households. The study, led by researchers from Bristol’s Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, found that the 7% growth in the kinship child population between 2001 and 2011 was more than three times that of the population growth rate of all children in England.