It’s estimated there are around 180,000 kinship children in the UK.
Many of these children are overlooked in society and experience challenging situations on a daily basis: bullying, shame, stigma and emotional distress.
They may also face ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences, and as a result, be impacted by toxic stress, so we all need to play a part in building their resilience and supporting their mental health.But with the right trauma-informed training for professionals and appropriate interventions in place, kinship children can live resilient, happy, fulfilled lives.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care
A cross-party group of MPs and Peers who share a common interest in championing kinship care and improving support for kinship carers.
The group was established in March 2021 and Family Rights Group serve as the group’s secretariat.
The APPG seeks to raise awareness of kinship care and to promote policy and practice which supports more children to live safely within their family and friends network when they cannot live with their parents. The group also seeks to improve support for kinship carers and to amplify the voices and experiences of children in kinship care and their families.
The Cross-Party Parliamentary Taskforce existed from 2018-2021 with the aim to raise awareness about, and support for, children in kinship care and to highlight the importance of this option for children who cannot live with their parents. It has been succeeded by the APPG on Kinship Care.