Looking after the family: a study of children looked after in kinship care in Scotland

Aldgate, Jane and McIntosh, Miranda (2006). Looking after the family: a study of children looked after in kinship care in Scotland. Edinburgh, UK: Astron.

URL: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/06/07...


This study was commisioned by the Social Services Inspectorate. It is part of the evidence underpinning the 2006 review of looked after children in Scotland.
The last five years has seen a significant rise in the number of children looked after by local authorities in Scotland who are are placed with close friends or family. This study aims to provide a fuller picture of how local authorities across the country are supporting kinship care placements, and to increase our understanding of the particular benefits which such placements can bring.
The key messages of this study are that being looked after in kinship care is the most appropriate and helpful arrangement for some children who are unable to live with their families. Kinship care placements can provide stability, a sense of belonging and identity, and the chance to maintain meaningful relationships with important family members. There are also some tensions for both children and families which can be helped by good social work support. The study makes recommendations for policy and practice.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 5466
  • Item Type
  • Book
  • ISBN
  • 1-905501-10-2, 978-1-905501-10-6
  • Extra Information
  • Comissioned for the Review of looked after children in Scotland. The report is Crown Copyright.
  • Keywords
  • kinship care; looked-after children; family support; foster care
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Depositing User
  • Jane Aldgate