Relative Support

Location: Scotland
Demographic: kinship carers
Delivery setting: communities
Years active: 2013 – 2015
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Keywords: kinship care; research; Scotland


A Review of Kinship Care in Scotland

Mentor’s report on the needs and experiences of Scottish kinship carers was the first stage in its strategic partnership with government to improve outcomes for children in kinship care.

Between July and October 2013, Mentor spoke to 75 kinship carers with a particular focus in five local authorities, conducting semi-structured focus groups and one-on-one interviews. We also consulted 34 professionals, practitioners and stakeholders.

Key points:

  • Kinship carers want more training to cope with children’s challenging behaviours.
  • Kinship carers want access to information and advocacy around complex issues including finance and specialist services.
  • The majority receive little or no practical support managing complex family situations and ensuring positive child development. Yet kinship carers make huge personal sacrifices around employment, social interactions, family and personal relationships.
  • There is wide geographic disparity in support provision; financial support ranged from £40 to £286 per week. Access to core universal services is equally varied.


Relative Support Project Report (350.8 KB)

Relative Support Summary (279.2 KB)