In this section:
- “Non Looked After” Children
The Kinship Care Assistance (Scotland) Order 2016
You have now obtained parental responsibilities and rights for a child.
A Local Authority must provide kinship care assistance so as to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of that child. The assistance is available to both the adult and child.
Advice and Information –
Where you have obtained a Kinship Care Order kinship carers may require information and advice on a wide range of matters related to caring for the children such as;
Third sector organisations and local support groups can provide a lot of information, support and advice around these issues. Please go to section 5 to find a list of national and local support networks.
A child, under the age of 16 and subject to a Kinship Care Order may also access kinship assistance through information and advice in order to assist them through the transition to having a Kinship Care Order. This type of assistance may be provided up to the age of 18 and includes such support as;
Some children who have experienced abuse or trauma may require access to therapeutic support services. This wellbeing need is unlikely to be met through general children services and so would require a targeted intervention and a Child’s Plan.
However the level of information and advice will vary from child to child. To assess this a Local Authority must look at the age, maturity and communication needs of the child. All children must have equal opportunities to access advice and information.