Breaking The Cycle: Mentor UK’s Kinship Care Conference

A recap of the most recent bi-annual conference, held Tuesday 25th September 2018 at Dundas Castle, Scotland.

25 October 2018 | Kinship care

“What a great day, really inspirational work and a great opportunity to hear first-hand what works and how changes are being made to kinship carer’s lives.” – Participant

Mentor were delighted to host their 3rd national conference on Kinship Care last month in Scotland. The event brought together a wide array of practictioners to share their experiences and practices around breaking the intergenerational cycle of care. Our conference, within the beautiful grounds of Dundas Castle, welcomed 118 delegates representing 28 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, as well as education, health and 3rd sector support services.

The aim of the conference was to build on our previous events over the last 3 years and to continue to share practice amongst local authorities around kinship care. This aims to achieve a consistent and cohesive approach to supporting families living with kinship care arrangements.

The day consisted of a variety of thought-provoking presentations, videos and discussions. We heard first hand from the Scottish Government around the development of an avatar, from a kinship carer who bravely shared his journey and experience of support, a children’s carnival street band, examples of practice from Dundee and East Ayrshire councils as well as our partnership working with Big Hearts, Children’s Health Scotland and Alcohol Focus Scotland. We then had some financial updates from Child Poverty Action Group and Citizens Advice Scotland.

Feedback from the day was extremely positive and has led to a lot of follow up with local authorities and support services. Watch this space for developments going forward! You can find the links to the presentations here: Big Hearts, Children’s health Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland, CPAG, Dundee presentation, East Ayrshire, Mentor recommendations.