Kinship "Foster" Carers
 A place for those who care

We have asked our members to provide some basic information regarding the levels of support, or lack of support, they have received from their Local Authorities.  We've compiled this information into a table (below).  Please note that this is a work in progress and we hope that eventually (and not too far in the future!), the positives will far outweigh the negatives.  Please continue to watch this space.......

 

Local Authority Comparisons
Which Local Authority? 
 Positive Experiences
Negative Experiences
Other Comments
North Tyneside County Council SGO Finance Package Lack of practical support.
Carer had to give up work ON to SS instruction.
Work against North Tyneside's contact arrangements. This conflicts with the interests of the two brothers who live in the same household but who are subject to neighbouring county councils' guidelines.
South Tyneside County Council
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Lack of practical support.
Left to own devices after SGO awarded.
Left to deal with conflict over contact; due to SS imposed sanctions.
Work against South Tyneside's contact arrangements.  This conflicts with the interests of the two brothers who live in the same household but who are subject to neighbouring county councils' guidelines.
Bristol City Council
 
 
 
Royal Borough of Greenwich   
Fostering & Support, SGO Package
Post-SGO support, Children's Social Work.
Threatened with Foster Care/Adoption if didn't apply for SGO.
 
Nottingham City Council
Financial Support.
Help with Nursery Costs.
Welfare Rights Advice provided.
Lack of practical support post-SGO.
 
Nottingham County Council   
 
6 months delay in agreeing to fund SGO application.
Initially no SGO financial package.
Lack of practical support post-SGO.
 
West Sussex   
 
Lack of any form of support.
 
Manchester City Council   
Part funded house extension due to increase in family size.
 
This LA jointly worked with the Housing Association in order to address the accommodation issues.
Oldham Council   
 
Lack of any form of support
 
Northamptonshire County Council
Residence Order financial package.
LA run monthly support group.
Inconsistent advice given in early days of kinship care situation.
RO allowance is reviewable annually.
Oxford City Council 
Will fund an extension to keep a family in their home.
 
 
Medway Council
Financial support offered if they have placed child up to age of 18.
Contribution to child care
Support with contact.  
Refused to fund an extension for a family who are overcrowded due to kinship care.
Have declined to use their discretion on the government guidance.