What is kinship care?

Kinship care is when a child is looked after by their extended family or close friends, if they cannot remain with their birth parents.

A kinship carer(s) can be a grandparent, older sibling, aunt, uncle, as well as family friends and neighbours.

There are different types of kinship care, children may be:

  • living in an informal arrangement made by their parents
  • 'looked after' by the local authority and placed with kinship foster carers

Kinship carers provide a secure, stable and nurturing home for children and young people and are providing a valuable service.