Kinship carers at ‘breaking point’ due to ‘dump and run’ approach, charity says

Sky News is reporting that thousands of children are being diverted from the care system by kinship carers, with a charity warning family guardians are at “breaking point” as a result.

Kinship carers are family members or friends who step in to look after children, in the event their own parents are unable to care for them.

The charity Grandparents Plus highlighted a “serious level” of state involvement in these children’s lives, with the majority of kinship carers being asked to look after a child by a social worker – described by the charity as a “dump and run” approach.

Grandparents Plus found that half of kinship carers felt under pressure to take on a child with 84% of kinship carers saying they had not got the advice and information they needed.

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