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Assessment and support for kinship carers of looked after children

Scottish Government interim guidance to local authorities on assessing the capacity of a child's relatives as potential kinship carers for a looked after child and the support they will require.

The assessment process should help kinship carers to feel more involved and consulted and able to identify the kinds of supports they believe they need to look after the child safely and in a way that promotes the child's best interests.

This guidance, produced by the National Reference Group of Getting It Right for Every Child in Kinship and Foster Care in September 2008, will be reviewed as other developments in the care of looked after children proceed.

Adam Ingram
Isobel Hutton
Scottish Executive