The Kinship Care Professionals’ Network is free to join and is for social workers, academics and other professionals with an interest in kinship care. The group meets quarterly in London as well as in locations in the North of England and meetings are facilitated by Kinship.
The Kinship Care Professionals’ Network provides an opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and researchers and to share and develop best practice in kinship carer support. We will also send the occasional e-newsletter keeping you up-to-date with all news, research, campaigns and events from Kinship.
Our most recent meeting was a showcase of the different programmes Kinship will have available in 2022:
“I have been attending the Grandparents Plus [Kinship] professionals group for at least two years and over this time I have found the meetings to be an extremely useful forum for representatives from Family and Friends Teams to come together to share information and experiences. Grandparents Plus have arranged for speakers to attend as well as opportunities for different local authorities to provide presentations on projects that are working well in their area or the way in which their local authority structures the Family and Friends assessments which has also been extremely beneficial and a useful resource.” (Surrey County Council Fostering Team West, Family and Friends)
“I work as a supervising social worker with family and friends foster carers in Wandsworth. I have been attending the Grandparents Plus [Kinship] kinship care professionals group for six years, and it has been an invaluable means of sharing information and best practice with colleagues in other local authorities. It has also provided an opportunity to hear the views and experience of a range of stakeholders from kinship carers to politicians.” (Senior Social Worker – Fostering Team, Wandsworth Education and Social Services Department)
If you are interested in hosting a future meeting or promoting the group to other kinship care professionals please email email@example.com.