How are Kinship Carers financially support?

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22 February 2022

Kinship has launched the 2022 version of its survey of financial allowances for kinship carers.

This year's survey will help the national charity learn more about how kinship carers are being financially supported across England and Wales and the impact this has on family life. In the context of a spiralling cost of living, the responses they receive will be instrumental in supporting Kinship's campaign for fair financial support for all kinship carers.

Kinship have stated: "Kinship carers are more likely to be older, in poorer health, insecurely housed, socially isolated, and living in poverty than any other parenting group. Taking on the role commonly restricts their ability to work. There is a lack of clarity and consistency about financial support and allowances for raising kinship children, with rules and policies varying from place to place. This results in people in similar situations receiving different levels of financial support based on where they live and the child’s legal status, rather on the needs of the children, which is unfair."

Complete the survey.

The survey is confidential, takes around 10 minutes to complete, and will remain open until midnight on Tuesday 15 March. Kinship is incredibly grateful to all of those who are able to complete the survey and share it with their friends, family, colleagues, and networks.

This follows the incredible response to the charity's first survey last year which heard from nearly 2000 kinship carers raising over 2,800 children. Highlighting that 82% of kinship carers had worried about their financial situation in the past year, and 76% of those who received an allowance felt it did not allow them to meet the needs of the children they cared for. Find out more about last year's survey.

If you’re a kinship carer looking for advice or support, find out more about how Kinship can help.

You can also join the Kinship Community to keep up-to-date on their pioneering research into kinship care and learn about how to get involved.