08 October 2020

Aberdeenshire's Kinship Care Team marks tenth anniversary

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee heard how the Kinship Care Team had spent a decade supporting hundreds of children and carers.

An annual report presented to councillors on Thursday, October 8, also highlighted how over the last ten years the team had worked hard to raise the profile of kinship care.

Members of the committee also learnt about the significant commitment made by wider families and communities to support children and young people who can’t live at home and would otherwise by placed in local authority care. The team currently supports 216 children who live with 156 kinship carers.

Kinship care is a positive experience for children and young people. It maintains their sense of identity with carers who understand their family history and experiences.  Kinship carers support the children in their care not only with their education and social activities but in maintaining ongoing and meaningful relationships with birth parents and other extended family members. Kinship carers often have to turn their lives upside down and resume the full-time care of a child rather than having the role of granny or aunty or grandad or uncle. Siblings can also take on the role of being a kinship carer too.   

Our young people do remarkably well in kinship care and placements are less likely to breakdown. There are numerous examples of young people being supported to achieve in all areas of their lives including one instance where the Kinship Carer helped a child in their care to prepare successfully for national auditions for Youth Musical Theatre 2020.

Other examples include enabling family relationships to continue despite challenges, advocating for young people to get the right support across all areas of their lives and creating memories through going to concerts, going on holiday and living life to the full resulting in young people thriving.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “The Kinship Care Team should be rightly proud of all the support they have given over the last ten years those wishing to help children and young people in Aberdeenshire.

The achievements listed in this annual report are a true testament to the value of Kinship Carers to children and young people living across Aberdeenshire. I would like to say a big well done to Jane Livingston and her team for the tremendous work they have carried out over the last year.”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “It is fantastic that Kinship Care has been offering vital support for children and young people over the last ten years. If you are considering becoming a Kinship Carer, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly and supportive team to start your journey today.”

If you would like more information please contact kinshipcare@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or 01467 538501 from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday or visit the Aberdeenshire Council website: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-and-families/kinship

The report is available in full by visiting: https://committees.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/committees.aspx?commid=494

You can also watch a webcast of Education and Children’s Services Committee by visiting https://aberdeenshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/home