Kinship Care Manifesto for Wales Election 2021
In May 2021, there will be a Senedd election. People in Wales will vote for who they would like to run the county over the next five years.
Our manifesto for Kinship Care in Wales explains the four main priorities we would like to see the new Welsh Government commit to.
These priorities ensure that kinship carers and the children they care for in Wales are recognised, valued and supported.
This page is also available in Welsh.
We are calling on all candidates to pledge their support for:
1. A Kinship Care Act
Kinship care must be recognised in law.
2. Specialist and independent advice
Kinship carers can access the allowances and benefits they are entitled to.
They have access to free, independent legal advice to make informed decisions about the care arrangements they make for the child.
Kinship carers can access and be signposted to peer support groups in their local areas.
3. Comprehensive support
Specific and personalised support matching the needs of every kinship family as soon as they are asked to look after the child, for as long as they need it.
This includes financial support, one-to-one and peer support, support with contact, priority housing and targeted support for all kinship children.
4. An informed and supportive network
All agencies, organisations and service providers trained and working together to provide an integrated response to the challenges of kinship care. The response is focussed on the needs of the kinship children and their families, for as long as they need it.
If you’re a kinship carer in Wales
If you live in Wales, please contact your local candidates and ask them to ledge their support to kinship carers in Wales.
We’ve written a template email and you can edit it to share your experience. The email will share our manifesto and ask them to pledge their support if they are elected.
If you’re a candidate in the Welsh Senedd elections
Wales has the highest proportion of kinship care in the United Kingdom.
If you’re a candidate we want you to pledge support your support for kinship carers and kinship children in Wales.