Looked After Children
Kinship care is when a child is looked after by their extended family or close friends, if they cannot remain with their birth parents. Under the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009, kinship carers are defined as "a person who is related to the child (through blood, marriage or civil partnership) or a person with whom the child has a pre-existing relationship".
North Lanarkshire Social Work Services
As a partner agency with North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Department, we want to emphasise the positive support given to Kinship Carers by North Lanarkshire Council and if you live within North Lanarkshire Council boundaries you maybe entitled to some help.
If you live within the North Lanarkshire Council Boundary and you are a Kinship Carer then in certain circumstances support can be provided by social work, if you think this might be relevant to you please follow the link to the North Lanarkshire Council web page where you will find more information and contact details.
Looked After Children Strategy of the Scottish Government
From April 2015 all children in residential, foster or kinship care are entitled to remain in their care setting until they reach the age of 21. This is in addition to extended financial support up to the age of 26 to help them move into independent living. The changes were introduced by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act which also brought in corporate parenting responsibilities for public bodies including local authorities, police, health boards, colleges and universities.