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Kinship Care Week webinar: A day in the life of a kinship carer

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Kinship Care Week is an opportunity to recognise the selfless work of kinship carers, raise awareness of kinship care in the community, and promote best practice among kinship care professionals.

In this webinar, we will hear first-hand from Frances Rowan about her experience of becoming a kinship carer and the struggles and triumphs her family faced.

For more information, go to http://mentoruk.org.uk/kinshipcareweek/

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Kinship Care Week webinar: A day in the life of a kinship carer

  1. 1. A day in the life of a kinship carer #KinshipCareWeek
  2. 2. • Introduce Mentor • Define kinship care • Outline Kinship Care Week • Hear Frances’ story • Explore what kinship carers’ needs are Today’s webinar
  3. 3. Mentor’s mission To promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people and prevent alcohol and drug misuse.
  4. 4. Research Programmes Policy Develop life skills that build resilience to risk in children & young people How we do it
  5. 5. Mentor-ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based resources for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools. Mentor-ADEPIS
  6. 6. Kinship care is an arrangement for a family member or close friend to care for children whose parents are unable to look after them. What is kinship care?
  7. 7. The most common reason for children entering kinship care is parental drug and alcohol abuse (67%). Reasons for kinship care
  8. 8. Mentor’s kinship care work
  9. 9. Our experience shows that kinship carers play a vital role in keeping children safe from drugs and alcohol. Their attitudes and behaviours can help shape young people’s views and help keep them safe. The role of kinship carers
  10. 10. A recent study found that 77% of kinship carers have asked for professional support... Why are we here today?
  11. 11. Practically? Emotionally? Financially? What do kinship carers need:
  12. 12. • Knowledge about the child’s issues • Advice on how to talk to the children • Education and training • Knowing what to do if they’re concerned about their child • Peer and one-to-one support • Help lines or a point of contact • Resources and further information Practical needs
  13. 13. • Empathy and gentleness • Encouragement and positivity • Knowing they’re not alone • Assurance that they can make a positive difference • A non-judgmental, non-blaming attitude • Awareness or understanding of their situation Emotional needs
  14. 14. • Understanding what kind of carer you are and what support is there • Child Benefit? Tax Credits? Kinship Carer Allowance? • Paying for food, clothes, school supplies, toys • Supporting yourselves as well Financial needs
  15. 15. • One-to-one support • Peer support groups • Couples’ therapy • Family group conferencing • Drop-in sessions • Educational groups • Respite services Types of support
  16. 16. Kinship Care Guide for England
  17. 17. Alcohol & Drugs: Guide for Kinship Carers
  18. 18. Kinship Care Guide for Scotland
  19. 19. Resources + advice
  20. 20. #KinshipCareWeek For more information visit mentoruk.org.uk/kinshipcareweek