There is a high prevalence of Kinship Care across the South Tees so we are urging as many kinship carers to participate in Kinship’s annual survey as possible before the deadline on Monday 8 August 2022. The survey is designed to help the national charity, Kinship, learn more about what challenges kinship families across England and Wales are facing and understand how they and other organisations, as well as the government and local authorities, can better support you and your family.
So far across the South Tees area, only 25 carers have completed the survey and we know this is a tiny proportion so we are encouraging kinship carers to spare 15 minutes to complete the online survey and ensure that their voices are heard.
Access the survey:
Direct survey link: https://www.tfaforms.com/4988409
The survey is completely confidentially and will remain open until Monday 8 August 2022.
How the surveys help us to campaign for change
Evidence is really important as it allows Kinship to make a strong case to decision-makers about the need to better support all kinship families, and their surveys are integral ways of getting up-to-date and relevant information directly from carers to sit alongside the insights from our experienced programmes, peer support, advice and other colleagues. Given that very little information is collected about kinship families by statutory bodies, the charity needs to do this to make sure kinship carers and their children don't remain invisible.
Responses to their 2022 financial allowances survey helped to secure unprecedented media coverage which significantly boosted awareness of kinship care amongst the public and put pressure on the Government to act. Hundreds of thousands of people were able to gain a better understanding of kinship care as a result. And recently, Munira Wilson MP highlighted key findings from Kinship's financial allowances survey in Parliament to make the case to the government to improve support for kinship carers.
Last year's annual survey heard from 1,651 kinship carers caring for 2,538 children, and Kinship would love to exceed that number this year. This year's survey includes some similar and some new questions to build on last year's findings and generate insights to push forward their national campaign later this year.
We appreciate that spending 15 minutes completing a survey is not likely to be high up on your priority list however without evidence of the gaps in provision and support we can't make a feasible case to advocate for improvements. The findings from national surveys like Kinships really do help to make a real difference for kinship families locally now and in the future.