Kinship and connected persons

Kinship and connected persons

Our experienced Independent Social Workers regularly undertake Kinship and Connected persons assessments.

Kinship care means that relatives or friends look after children who cannot live with their parents.

Kinship care may include people who are not related to the child but who are still in the child’s social network.  For example someone the child knows well and trusts; a good neighbour, a parent of a school friend or a close family friend.  Sometimes this type of care is called family and friends care because this more accurately describes what it is, and kinship foster carers are sometimes called connected persons.

As part of these Kinship and Connected Persons assessments our social workers will pay particular attention to:

  • the issue of contact between the child and parents
  • the nature of the child’s and the kinship carers’ continued relationship and attachment with the birth parent
  • any risks this may pose to the child and carer.

These dynamics can be particularly complex and we have assessors who are experienced and skilled at undertaking more detailed risk assessments when required.

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