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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Kinship carers

Kinship carers


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An All-Party Parliamentary Group report on Kinship Care has examined how a lack of legal aid and advice undermines kinship care. Kinship carers are family or friends who look after a child who cannot be raised by their parents. The Law Society described the legal processes around kinship care as “complex” and said kinship carers must be given access to non-means tested free legal advice to ensure they know their rights and can secure a child’s future, avoiding the need for them to be taken into the care system.