In undertaking or developing any work in kinship care it is essential that kinship carers have a voice and are involved in the developments going forward. At Mentor we have used kinship carers to help advise on our National Resource Guide as well as services, information and training.
In February this year Mentor formed a Kinship Care Advisory Panel which represents the voices of kinship carers across Scotland from as far as Aberdeenshire to the Scottish Borders.
The role of the Kinship Advisory Panel is to provide kinship families with a greater voice in service provision and government policy in order to improve kinship care services. The 9 representatives will use their voices and those in their communities to aid the development and implementation of support at a national and local level advising on:
a) Local issues and needs
b) Local and national policy
c) Working closer with local authorities
d) National Kinship Care Website
e) Design and development of services
f) Kinship promotional events
Our first meeting was held on Monday 27th March 2017 in Edinburgh where our amazing panel members shared their experiences, discussed their local community provisions and shared ideas on what was needed to ensure better support for families at a local level. They also got the opportunity to speak to the Scottish Government team and share the varied examples of support across Scotland.
The next meeting shall take place in June 2017 however individual meetings with each carer shall now take place with plans to liaise and form relations with their local authority.
If you are interested in being involved in this group or wish to discuss the work of the group going forward then please contact us 0131 334 8512 or firstname.lastname@example.org