A new report from Family Rights Group on behalf of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care has been released that details the experiences of kinship carers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns.
Key findings include:
• More than half of kinship care placements have come about as a result of parental drug or alcohol misuse.
• Over a third (36%) have other caring responsibilities outside of the home, a large number of which were for elderly parents or parents in law.
• 23% of kinship carers indicated that they have been required to shield during the course of the pandemic.
• A third of respondents have received no support during the course of the pandemic.
• 87% stated they had not received any support maintaining contact between the children and parents/family members.
• The three biggest worries of kinship carers during the latest stage of the pandemic are their child/children’s, emotional and mental wellbeing (71%), concern for what will happen to them if the carer gets the virus (65%) and the child/children’s education (58%).
The finding that more than half of kinship care placements have come about as a result of parental drug misuse demonstrates the need to ensure that government is supporting families affected by drugs and alcohol during the pandemic, and that relevant local services are trained to respond.
For a full list of findings, please view the full report.