Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says

Kinship carers at 'breaking point' due to 'dump and run' approach, charity says - The Mandatory Training Group UK -
Kinship carers at 'breaking point' due to 'dump and run' approach, charity says - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says

Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says

Substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health issues are all among the most common reasons that a guardian would step in.

Kinship carers at 'breaking point' due to 'dump and run' approach, charity says - The Mandatory Training Group UK -Kinship carers are being pushed to ‘breaking point’, says a charity. File pic

Thousands of children are being diverted from the care system by kinship carers, with a charity warning family guardians are at “breaking point” as a result.

Kinship carers are family members or friends who step in to look after children, in the event their own parents are unable to care for them.

Substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health issues are all among the most common reasons that a guardian would step in.
Kinship carers at 'breaking point' due to 'dump and run' approach, charity says - The Mandatory Training Group UK -
Mr and Mrs Spence care for their grandchild

The charity Grandparents Plus highlighted a “serious level” of state involvement in these children’s lives, with the majority of kinship carers being asked to look after a child by a social worker – described by the charity as a “dump and run” approach.

Sue and Ian Spence became kinship carers in retirement after Sue’s son and his girlfriend had a baby in their late teens.

However, when the relationship broke down, their grandson ended up in foster care.

 

Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says.

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