Grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, and close friends have always been there, to keep children in the family, when there is a crisis, or breakdown of relationships, or care. Thousands of people look after children, when their parents are unable to do so.
Children and young people in Kinship Care
Most children are in kinship care, because their parents are unable, or unavailable, to care for them. Reasons for this include parental drug or alcohol misuse, imprisonment, abuse or neglect, and parental physical or mental health issues. Kinship care can also arise from the death of a parent. Many children in kinship care may have additional issues and needs, such as emotional and behavioural difficulties, as they have often experienced early trauma, chaos, crisis and loss.