Preparatory workshops for special guardians, ideally before they are granted the order.
We are currently working with local authorities in Barking & Dagenham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Newham, Redbridge, Surrey, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Walsall. If you work for one of these areas, you can refer a kinship carer below.
What is Kinship Ready?
Many kinship carers are granted a Special Guardianship Order for the child. We know from experience and our research that before and just after the order is granted can be the most challenging and daunting time for special guardians. We also know that the right support during this period can have a positive impact for the family.
Kinship Ready is our preparatory workshop series for special guardians. The workshops are for those who:
- have had a viability assessment for a Special Guardianship Order but have not yet been granted the order
- are considering a Special Guardianship Order
- have been recently been granted, a Special Guardianship Order.
The workshop content has been developed specifically for special guardians by special guardians, in collaboration with social workers and academic researchers. It is delivered by special guardians in partnership with local authorities, with the aim to raise awareness of what is involved when taking on the role of a special guardian. Workshops include topics such as:
- trauma and attachment
- support plans
- overview of legal orders
- where to go for help and support
Who is Kinship Ready for?
Kinship Ready is for any prospective or current special guardian, ideally once they have had an initial viability assessment. The local authority teams make a referral direct to us. It can also be for special guardians who have had the order for some time but who could benefit from some recap of support available and key issues that may be relevant to them. It is also an opportunity for them to meet with other special guardians.
What difference does it make?
Very knowledgeable and educational, I hope I can continue getting this wonderful support
Very informative day. Lovely to speak to other people going through the process and to share experiences with them and get advice and information from the hosts today.
I found being in a special group of people was very beneficial and informative when listening to the comments of their experiences. The speakers were very amiable and knowledgeable.
I was worried I would feel out of place due to being a sibling but everyone was welcoming, I don’t feel alone.
How do I get Kinship Ready in my area?
Kinship Ready is available for commissioning. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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