Friday, 27 January 2012

Call for formal inquiry into kinship care

CARERS and charities have called for a formal inquiry to be launched into kinship care in Scotland, following growing concern about neglected children.

Voluntary sector groups and carers gave evidence recently to the Scottish parliament's education committee and are determined to continue pressing their case, as we have reported extensively here.

Lindsay Isaacs of the Kinship Care Service was among those calling for an inquiry as the best way of tackling multiple concerns arising from the financial and social constraints experienced by children and carers alike.

These include:

* the performance of local authorities in discharging their responsibilities
* benefits
* housing support
* information support
* access to counselling services
* the definition of looked-after children 
* early intervention strategies

More about these developments here.

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