The policy section aims to provide you with practical information and guidance that you need to navigate the complex policy landscape for kinship care. There has been a number of developments over the last few years and these advancements are listed below. We shall update this page as things continue to develop and evolve in kinship care.

For further information we also suggest that you visit the Scottish Governments website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/protecting/lac/kinship

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was introduced in March 2014 with provisions on kinship care coming in to force from 1st April 2016. It is a key part of the Scottish Government’s strategy for making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. The Act places a duty on local authorities to ensure assistance is made available to kinship carers and the children in their care who are applying for or currently have a Kinship Care Order. The key areas of importance of this Act are Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12 and Part 13 and the information on these is available through the above links.