We are committed to raising awareness about the challenges that kinship carers face. Here are some of the major stories that help to raise awareness of kinship care.
Children and Young People Now
Our latest report reveals that the health of children cared for by kinship carers has significantly worsened amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
BBC Look North: sibling kinship carer
Featuring Chelsea, who is raising her four siblings after her mum died of COVID, and with CEO, Lucy Peake talking about the problems kinship carers face.
A report on the increasing pressure kinship families are experiencing during the pandemic. Kinship carers Shanayd and Wendy talk about their experiences including the lack of support available, and the emotional strain on their children.
Children and Young People Now magazine: The case for kinship care
Chief Executive, Dr Lucy Peake makes a powerful case for investment in kinship care, in one of the leading social care sector magazines.
ITV News feature: Grandparents’ virus anxiety
The report focussed on the outbreak of coronavirus, and how the talk of relaxing lockdown restrictions is causing anxiety among grandparents in the UK who care for children.
Mirror: Graham’s Story
“Unexpected call from daughter changed my life and I had to give up everything” Grandfather Graham Leach, 63, was told his daughter’s children would be taken away so he stepped in to raise the boys himself rather than seeing them in care.
Tortoise: Wendy’s Story
Wendy highlights the concerns shared by many of us during these challenging times. Also our CEO Lucy sets out what the government needs to do in this time to better support kinship carers.
The Guardian: Coronavirus puts vulnerable UK children at greater risk, campaigners warn
A warning from us, alongside other charities, that vulnerable children need more support during coronavirus.
The Daily Express
Graham, Sandra and Helen share their stories about becoming kinship carers, alongside interviews with researchers, MPs and our Chief Executive, Dr Lucy Peake
Daily Mail: Why are we abandoning Britain’s secret army of saints?
Jenny, Diana and Sarah explain what being a kinship carer is like, and call for more support for kinship families.
CYP Now: End unfair treatment of kinship carers, says Sir James Munby
Speaking at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Sir James Munby called on the government to provide more funding for kinship carers.
BBC News: Take your grandchildren in or your won’t see them again
Mary* speaks about the impact that looking after her four grandsons has had on her and her family.
Channel 5 News
Dr. Lucy Peake, our CEO, and Maxine, a kinship carer, spoke live on Channel 5 news about why kinship carers need more support, and why the system is stacked against them
Sky News: Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says
Coverage of our 2019 State of the Nation Survey, featuring interviews with Sue and Ian, kinship carers.
The Times: Grandparents demand help caring for children
Social Affairs Editor, Greg Hurst, writes about kinship care and reiterates our call on the government to recognise kinship care in law.
The Daily Mail
Coverage of our 2019 survey results and our call on the government to recognise kinship care in law, backed up with resources for local authorities.