Support for kinship carers in Wales - email your Welsh candidates
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. We want kinship carers to be a priority.
An estimated 10,000 children are being brought up by family members or friends in Wales - that’s one in 67 children.
We want the new Welsh government to prioritise kinship care in Wales and we need your support.
Can you to write to your local candidates and ask them to pledge to support kinship carers and their children if they’re elected? Just add your postcode below and use our template.
Our manifesto for Kinship Care in Wales 2021 explains the four main priorities we would like to see the new Welsh Parliament commit to. They are:
- A Kinship Care Act:
Kinship care must be recognised in law.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You can download the full manifesto here>
Our priorities ensure that kinship carers and the children they care for in Wales are recognised, valued and supported.
Can you to write to your local candidates and ask them to pledge to support kinship carers in Wales?
We’ve included a template letter to use if you’re a kinship carer and you can personalise it to add your story.
If you’re a friend, family member, colleague or social worker, you can edit the template to describe why you’re supporting our Kinship Care Manifesto for Wales 2021.
Please enter your postcode below and find your local candidates.
And thank you.