Kinship works collaboratively with kinship families, researchers, professionals, decision makers and other partners to influence national and local policy making across England and Wales.
Our unique reach allows us to listen to the views and expertise of thousands of kinship carers each year, and we campaign alongside them to deliver the changes they want to see most for their families.
Our #ValueOurLove campaign is calling on the Government to equalise financial, practical and emotional support between kinship families and foster and adoptive families. Find out more about the campaign, sign the petition and lend your support via the link below.
Kinship care constituency map
Our constituency map is currently being updated. In the meantime, please contact us to learn more about kinship families in your local area.
Kinship care policy tracker
Keep up to date with what’s happening now and what we think should happen next across all areas of kinship care policy in England.
Our recent reports
Our surveys of kinship carers are the largest of their kind, and alongside the insights from our advice and support work, enable us to make a compelling argument for policy and practice change. For more, you can also view all research and surveys.
Breaking Point: kinship carers in crisis
The first report of our 2023 annual survey series explores the views of nearly 1,700 kinship carers and finds that many are close to breaking point, struggling to access the support they and their children need.
Read our report on delivering equality for kinship carers in the workplace which makes the case for a new statutory right to paid kinship care leave.
The Cost of Loving
Read our 2022 annual survey report exploring what life is like for more than 1,500 kinship carers coping with the rising cost of living and its impacts.
Briefings, responses and submissions
We regularly share timely briefings ahead of parliamentary debates and other key events, and work alongside kinship carers to respond effectively to consultations which share our evidence and insight.
See all recent briefings
- Financial allowances briefing 2023
- Support for kinship carers – briefing for MPs ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on 14 Sep 2023
- #ValueOurLove campaign briefing for MPs
- Senedd Children, Young People and Education Committee – briefing for ministerial scrutiny session on services for care experienced children on 14 Sep 2023
- Senedd Children, Young People and Education Committee’s report ‘If not now, then when? Radical reform for care-experienced children and young people’ – briefing for Senedd plenary debate on 12 July 2023
- Support for single parent families – briefing for Westminster Hall debate on 23 March 2023
- Commission on Young Lives – briefing for Lords debate on 26 Jan 2023
- Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – briefing for Lords debate on 8 December 2022
- Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – briefing for backbench business committee debate on 24 November 2022
- Advice and legal aid for kinship carers – briefing for Lords oral question on 14 November 2022
- Support for kinship carers – briefing for Westminster Hall debate on 18 October 2022
See all recent responses and submissions
- Our response to the Government’s children’s social care implementation strategy consultation
- Submission to the Welsh Government’s consultation on its draft Child Poverty Strategy
- Submission to the Lords Public Services Committee inquiry into the children’s social care implementation strategy – April 2023
- Submission to the Lords Children and Families Act 2014 Committee – April 2022
- Submission to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care call for ideas – December 2021
- Submission to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care call for advice – April 2021
- Submission to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care call for evidence – March 2021