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

Kinship care is seen as a complex solution to serious family problems. It demands an equally sophisticated and varied response from professionals if the welfare of children in the care of relatives and friends is to be safeguarded and promoted.

The study is divided into two parts: a national survey of policies and practices for children looked after in kinship care across the 32 local authorities in Scotland; and an intensive study, carried out in five local authorities, of 30 looked after children, who were living in 24 kinship care families. This sample was characterised by the fact that the majority of children were in stable long-term placements.

Jane Aldgate
Miranda McIntosh