Find out what is happening for Kinship Week 2021.  Here you will find details of what is on for the week, online children’s events, webinars, training and new resources.  Activities will be added regularly. 

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Kinship Care Week aims to increase understanding and recognition of the role of kinship carers and the challenges they often face, but importantly, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate kinship carers for the incredible role they play in raising children.

The week is co-ordinated by Kinship Care Advisory Service Scotland (KCASS) working in partnership with other Kinship Care organisations.  The activities for the week are funded by the Scottish Government. 

Events

Events are planned by KCASS, AFA Scotland and partners through the week. Click on links to find out more and to book.

Kinship Care support organisations wishing to promote their events on this page please send details (event title, description, where, dates, times and booking information) to kinship@adoption.uk.org.uk

Understanding Trauma and Helping Recover

Monday 15th March, 10am – 11am

A taster session for Kinship Carers

Kinship Carers may be finding it hard to understand their children’s behaviours – running away, locking themselves in their rooms and becoming violent (especially just now in lockdown).

We will look at what Trauma is and where it comes from and while there are no magic bullets we will discuss some approaches to support children who are affected by developmental Trauma and/or resurfacing Trauma.

Anne Wilson Head of Development Children’s Health Scotland looks at challenging children’s behaviour as a result of early life trauma. Talking about some practical approaches to support children who are affected.

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Q+A with the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd

Tuesday, 16th March, 10am – 11am

We are pleased to welcome Minister Maree Todd to a live Q&A event on Tuesday 16th March. We will be asking the questions that Kinship Carers, professionals, children and young people want to ask about policy matters that affect Kinship families in Scotland. Join us at 10.00am to hear your questions answered.

If you would like to submit a question please contact kinship@adoptionuk.org.uk

Depending on the volume of questions received it may not be possible to ask every question live.

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Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for Kinship Practitioners and Kinship Carers

Tuesday, 16th March, 1.30pm – 3pm

This webinar provides an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder provided by The FASD Hub Scotland.

It will cover topics such as:

  • How alcohol affects the developing fetus.
  • FASD, its prevalence and how it affects people.
  • Signposting to additional resources and information.

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FACE19 Research and Findings

Listening to Kinship Carers experiences to inform service responses now and in the future

Wednesday, 17th March, 10am – 11.30am

This Webinar will be open to practitioners and Kinship Carers, especially those who contributed to the research.

Dr Maggie Grant will present the findings of the Face19 research with a particular focus on Kinship families. The study explored the experiences of children, young people and families during the Covid-19 pandemic and the response of social services to their needs. The pandemic and related restrictions affected children and families in a range of ways. It is really important that we understand the full implications of the impact of covid 19 on Kinship families, consider how services have responded and where there are gaps in support. This will help inform service responses for the current and any future pandemics.

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Moving Forward Together- meet the team, join the discussion and learn about the service.

Wednesday, 17th March, 10am – 11am

For Kinship Carers – meet the team

Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland staff will be on hand to introduce themselves and discuss how we move forward with the new service. How will we best meet the needs of Kinship families across Scotland? Please come along and join the conversation.

All Attendees will be automatically entered into a draw with one prize of £25 supermarket voucher of your choice. Draw to take place after event with winner notified by email.

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Stand up for Siblings in Kinship Care

Wednesday, 17th March, 1pm – 3pm

This Webinar is aimed at practitioners who undertake assessments and support Kinship carers and the children they care for.

With a focus on assessing and supporting older siblings caring for younger siblings in Kinship care, considering the importance of the sibling relationship throughout life, and to explore ways in which processes and procedures ensure that children’s rights to stay connected to family are being promoted and protected in kinship care.

We are delighted to welcome guest speakers Christine Jones and Kate Richardson from Stand Up For Siblings who will give presentations on the importance of the sibling relationship and promoting sibling rights. Anne Begbie from Lifelong links will give practitioners insight into the importance of family meetings and allowing the family to decide the care and safety plan for the child. You will learn of how far the search can go to find suitable kinship carers and lifelong links and the processes for this when it has been decided that a child can no longer stay with birth parents.

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Understanding Trauma and Helping Recover

18th March, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

A taster session for Kinship Carers

Kinship Carers may be finding it hard to understand their children’s behaviours – running away, locking themselves in their rooms and becoming violent (especially just now in lockdown).

We will look at what Trauma is and where it comes from and while there are no magic bullets we will discuss some approaches to support children who are affected by developmental Trauma and/or resurfacing Trauma.

Anne Wilson Head of Development Children’s Health Scotland looks at challenging children’s behaviour as a result of early life trauma. Talking about some practical approaches to support children who are affected.

Book here

Ask the Expert – Legal Q&A

Thursday 18th March, 3pm – 4pm

This webinar is aimed at Kinship Carers at any stage in their journey.

Kinship carers have often stated that obtaining good legal advice can be daunting, difficult, and expensive to find. During Kinship Care Week 2021 we are delighted to welcome legal expert from KCASS Rhona Pollock who will lead a legal panel made up of experienced lawyers in this area of work for a free question and answer session with kinship carers.

In order to make use of this fantastic opportunity we ask that questions are submitted in advance of the webinar in order for the lawyers to have time for a considered response. Please mark the email Kinship Care Legal webinar’ and send them to – kinship@adoptionuk.org.uk

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Trauma and the Brain

Friday, 19th March, 10am – 12pm

This event is aimed at professionals working with Kinship carers and children and for Kinship carers who want to extend their knowledge on the impact of trauma on children they care for.

We are delighted to welcome David Trickey who is the Co-director of the UK Trauma Council, and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in traumatised children, young people, and their families. In this online webinar, David will describe and explain the Cognitive Model, which is a particular way of understanding how traumatic events can affect children and young people. This model can also be used to understand how carers are incredibly well placed to care for children and young people in a way that is most likely to be restorative.

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Moving Forward Together- meet the team, join the discussion and learn about the service.

Friday, 19th March, 730pm – 830pm

For Kinship Carers – meet the team

Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland staff will be on hand to introduce themselves and discuss how we move forward with the new service. How will we best meet the needs of Kinship families across Scotland? Please come along and join the conversation.

All Attendees will be automatically entered into a draw with one prize of £25 supermarket voucher of your choice. Draw to take place after event with winner notified by email.

Book Here

Kinship Zoom House party

Saturday, 20th March, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Kinship families – kinship party time

Help us to celebrate Kinship week! Come along to this free event and spend an hour with dancing, requests and (bad) jokes. Suitable for all ages.

From the team that brought you last year’s Christmas Online Party.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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Fun Science Family Event

Sunday, 21st March, 11am – 12noon

Science mayhem with the Fun Scientist. Make slime and sherbet, try and build a volcano and watch Farooq astound and amaze!

Order your pack and book now to join us to end Kinship Care Week with a BANG (online).

Book here

Resources

We have created some new resources for Kinship Care Week 2021… download them to read them at your leisure.

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