Liverpool Kinship Charter

Kinship Charter Liverpool

What is a Kinship Charter?

A charter provides a framework to guide the way the Local Authority works with Kinship

Liverpool City Council Coverage HERE

Creating a model of work:

A model of work was established in 2018 when Kinship Carers Liverpool was awarded
funding from the Baring Foundation to look at Kinship Care from a Human Rights based
approach. Working collaboratively with Liverpool City Council Children’s Services Lead
Officers and Family Law Solicitors a Model of Work was created to improve the level of
understanding, provide practical solutions and support the needs of Kinship Families.

This work was further validated by the recommendations of the Cross Party
Parliamentary Task Force Report (PTF):

Kinship Carers and Kinship Children have been involved in putting this charter together
from lived experience.

From the Human Rights based approach it was identified that
Kinship Families need:

Greater information (article 6 ECHR)

✓ You will be given clear, concise information at the earliest opportunity, which
gives details of the forthcoming Kinship journey
✓ You will be provided with the chronology of the child to enable a potential carer
to make an informed decision about whether to accept the placement and to
effectively take on the responsibility of caring for the child
✓ We will keep precise records throughout the process in order to demonstrate
transparency, effective communication and to help develop an understanding
of the implications of agreeing to care arrangements
✓ We will have a clear process of procedures for complaints
✓ We will regularly review Kinship Safeguarding policies for children, young people
and vulnerable adults

Legal advice, representation and the law (article 6 ECHR)

✓ Kinship families will fully understand what their options are in order to make
informed choices around different orders available, i.e. Special Guardianship
Order (SGO), Family and Friends Fostering, Child Arrangement Order (CAO) and
informal / private arrangements
✓ We will offer appropriate support and information to those families who decide
not to undertake the care of their Kin.
✓ We will provide an up to date Family and Friends Care Policy and consult with
families when up for review
✓ We will ensure that families have access to independent legal advice at the
earliest opportunity, this is crucial to the decision making process

Your Voice (article 8 ECHR)

✓ We will take the time to listen to families and strive to understand your point of
✓ The child’s view and interests will be placed at the heart of any decisions made.
If required we will support the child and young person to engage with an
advocacy service.
✓ We will make sure the child is empowered to voice their wishes and feelings with
the understanding that adults make the ultimate decision.
✓ We will ensure that you are included in the decision making process concerning
a child in your care

Support (article 8 ECHR)

✓ We will provide information about key organisations both within the Local
Authority and external that can support your Kinship journey
✓ This will include information on issues such as: Financial advice and other financial
support funds
✓ We will ensure you have a named contact for support within the Local Authority
✓ We will ensure you have a clear plan of support that is understandable and will
be reviewed to continually meet the changing needs of your family
✓ We will provide the emotional and practical support that you are entitled to
dependant on your needs
✓ We will ensure that you do not feel isolated and achieve the best outcomes for
your family
✓ We will work to ensure that Kinship Carers do not experience undue discrimination
compared with other families
✓ We will make appropriate and timely checks to identify any risks and strive to
prevent a breakdown in your circumstances that could jeopardise your child’s

Resources (article 1 of protocol 1 ECHR)

✓ We will ensure Previously Looked After Pupil Premium Plus funding is paid to
eligible children and young people.
✓ We will ensure you have the same access to Priority One gym passes
✓ We will provide Kinship Carers with any necessary training to enable them to
manage the complex task of caring for their Kin.

Professional responsibilities

✓ We will ensure that all professionals involved with your family are kept up to date
with any key recommendations that support Kin families and that they have
access to any learning from Ombudsman findings
✓ We recognise the need for Continuous Professional Development for all staff to
raise awareness of the unique needs of Kin families
✓ We recognise that family and friends are often deeply affected personally, often
traumatised, by the events which have led to the need for a child to live away
from their parents. We will ensure that local authorities understand these
pressures and take this into consideration at all times

Adopted date: 17th March 2023
Signed: Frazer Lake Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health

Full PDF document to Download Below (Right Click and Save Link as)

Kinship Charter – Final Signed