Case Studies

Case Study: Tom and Anne

Tom and Anne were a couple in their early forties who took over the care of their niece and nephew, Tim, age 2 and Courtney, age 3 as their mother had problems with alcohol. They were placed by the Local Authority until their mother was well enough to look after them again, Tom and Anne received a kinship allowance to help them do this.

Unfortunately their mother’s problems increased and it was suggested that Tom and Anne play a more permanent role in their lives. Social workers suggested that they seek a Kinship Care Order. This would give them parental responsibilities and rights under a Section 11(1) Order through the court as this would provide security for the children. With the backing of the children’s mother Anne and Tom decided to do it.

After a few months, a lot of reports and visits to Court, Anne and Tom received a Kinship Care Order providing them with some parental responsibilities and rights. This meant that the children were no longer the responsibility of the Local Authority however they were assured by social work that support would be provided as and when needed and they would still receive a kinship allowance to help them support the children. For a fresh start Anne and Tom decided to move to a new area of town and enrolled the children in a new nursery.

They received a letter from a solicitor on behalf of the mother, she stated that she did not agree with the children being taken away and placed in a nursery, she would take them to court to prevent this. This was a stressful time for Anne and Tom. They would have to go to Court and pay high legal fees while the mother received legal aid.

Anne called her social work office and asked for help, she was told that they could offer her support as Tim and Courtney had previously been “looked after” children. They received residence payments to support the children and they then held a family meeting with their mother who agreed to drop the case.

Financial case studies…

The following case studies are examples. Please note that not all Local Authorities pay in the same way. Always check with the appropriate body as listed on the previous pages.

George

George is a thirty year old man who works full time and lives in a rented flat. He receives:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax reduction
  • Working Tax Credit

He takes over caring for his fourteen year old brother Malcolm, and is awarded a Kinship Care Order through a Section 11 (i) Residence Order by the court. Malcolm is a ‘non looked after’ child.

Now George receives:
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit – paid at a higher rate as he is now responsible for Malcolm
  • Council Tax reduction – paid at a higher rate as he is now responsible for Malcolm
  • Working Tax Credit – paid at a higher rate as he is now a lone parent and can claim some childcare costs

George receives a payment from the Local Authority as part of kinship care assistance.

Anne

Anne is a 68 year old widowed pensioner. She lives in rented accommodation and has savings of £15,500. She receives:

  • A state pension and an occupational pension

Anne agrees to look after her two grandchildren Alfie and Joe. She applies to the court for a Section 11 Residence Order. This is awarded and Alfie and Joe become ‘non looked after’ children.

Now Anne receives:
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax reduction
  • Her state pension and occupational pension, as before

Anne receives a payment from the Local Authority as part of kinship care assistance.