Fife Council Support for Kinship Carers
When parents are unable to look after their children, relatives or family friends will sometimes step in and offer to help. A Kinship carer is someone that cares for a child who is not their own but is either related to them or has a close relationship with the child.
Fife Council Kinship Care Team offers support, information and advice to kinship carers, so they are better equipped to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.
The Role of Kinship Team is to provide support, advice and guidance to Kinship carers. The support we provide includes:
Emotional support – We are happy to discuss all aspects of being a Kinship Carer including your role and identity; employment; financial concerns; child care; challenging behaviour; housing issues; health concerns and isolation and anything else you feel you want to talk about.
Support & Provision of Services – We can support you to attend meetings, and provide advice and guidance about supporting the child in your care. We can also liaise with services who may be able to assist you, such as housing services, health services, and education provisions and also support you to access other groups in the community.
Kinship Support Groups
The Kinship Team has developed Kinship Care groups with carers in their local areas. These groups provide a safe space for Kinship Carers to discuss any issues affecting them, share experiences, and seek advice and support from others in a similar situation.
Kinship Carers who have attended groups have let us know how helpful they have been:
“I do not know where I would be if it was not for the Kinship Care team, they have supported me in all aspects of my life” (Janice, Kirkcaldy)
“I wish the Kinship Team had been available years ago, it would have made my life much easier, I now feel well supported and not on my own” (Linda, Methil)
“I would like to say that the help and support that I have received from the kinship Team is fantastic, they go out their way to help and support me and ensure I have all the necessary information I need. My grandchildren enjoy the days out and Kinship xmas parties that the Kinship team organise. I am really grateful that I have the support from my Kinship Support worker and wouldn’t be where I am today without them” (Ann, Leven)
Groups are currently running as detailed below.
Kinship Support Groups
- Tuesday 9.30 – 11.30am at Gallatown Nursery
- Tuesday 12.30 – 2.30pm at Fairisle Nursery
- Thursday 9.30 – 11.00 am at Touch Janitors House
- Tuesday at 1.30 – 3.00pm Ladybird Nursery
- Wednesday 9.15 – 11.00 at Methilhil Primary School
· Tuesday 9.30 – 11.30am at Cupar Parish Church
- Wednesday 9.30 – 11.00am at Benarty Centre
Depending on their circumstances and that of the child, Kinship carers may be entitled to financial support.
When a child is placed with Carers, the child’s Social Worker should check to see if Kinship Carers are eligible for financial support and if they meet the criteria, they will be referred to the Contracts Team for a financial assessment.
The Kinship Team can provide guidance and support if Kinship Carers are unclear about what they are entitled to.
There are 3 schemes of financial support available for eligible Kinship Carers:
- Support for Family Carers Allowance – where children have been placed in a Kinship arrangement, but are not subject to any legal order (eg Residence Order, Children’s Hearing Order). The Kinship carer may be eligible to receive a weekly payment towards the child’s care.
- LAC Kinship Allowance– where children have been place with Kinship Carers through a Children’s Hearing, or via a S25 agreement, their carer may be eligible to receive a weekly payment towards their care. Kinship Carers of Looked After Children should be aware that they are not entitled to receive Child Benefit or Child Tax Credits for that child.
- Non LAC Kinship Allowance – where children are living with Kinship Carers who have been awarded a Residence Order or Kinship Care Order, their carer may be eligible to receive a weekly payment towards their care.
If you or someone you know is caring for a child who can no longer live with their parents and would like advice, support or information, please contact us on: Tel: 01592 583554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org