Kinship carers are relatives, and sometimes family friends, who care for a child
or children when their parents are unable to do so.
Are you a kinship carer?
There are 2 types of kinship care:
Formal kinship carer of a looked after child
We, or a Children's Hearing, have placed a child, or children, in your care. We
to approve you as the child’s kinship carer. To do this, we will assess whether
we think you can care for the child. As an approved kinship carer of a looked after
child you will receive an allowance to cover the costs of caring for that child.
This allowance, taking benefits into account, equates to that paid to a
Informal kinship carer
You are caring for a child who has not been placed in your care by us or a Children’s
Hearing. We will only be involved in informal arrangements like these if we are
concerned for a child’s welfare.
Financial help for kinship carers
The duties of local Councils have changed. The Scottish Government has announced
that children living with kinship carers on a supervision order have the same status
as children placed with a foster carer. They should therefore get the same level
of allowance. This already happens in Falkirk. The Scottish Government also stated
that they want some carers who have a section 11 (residence) order to get this allowance
too. You can see full details on the
Scottish Government web site.
The eligibility criteria for payment of the allowance to kinship carers with a section
11 order has been published on the Scottish Government web site. What exactly this
means is still being discussed at a national level, and there is likely to be more
legislation and guidance in future. Payment of a section 11 allowance at the moment
remains a discretionary power for local authorities.
Once we know what the eligibility criteria means for those caring for a child on
a section 11 order, we will review our financial support to carers. It is likely
that carers who have cared for a looked after child and where we agreed with the
decision to make this placement permanent via a section 11 order - those carers
will be provided with an allowance.
As soon as the new policy is agreed we will write out to the carers affected by the
changes. The allowance will be similar to or the same as the allowance paid to foster
carers, depending on welfare benefits. The current foster carer allowance rates
are on the our fostering
Any kinship carer with queries should contact their social worker or our kinship
care service at
How to get more information about kinship care
You can get more information from our dedicated kinship care social worker.