Scotland’s Kinship Care Advice Service (KCASS) is funded by the Scottish Government with the purpose of delivering the best possible support to kinship carers who play such a critical role in providing secure, stable and nurturing homes for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents.
The service is run by a collaboration that brings together the skills and experience of two organisations - Adoption UK Scotland and AFA Scotland - along with a more formalised link to CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group).
Adoption UK Scotland brings its experience of providing successful support services using a model that recognises the enormous value of peer support and that this needs to be incorporated as an integral part of the way that KCASS is developed and delivered.
Historically AUK worked almost exclusively with adoptive families, but more recently their services have had a wider focus, including the establishment of Scotland’s successful national FASD (Fetal Alcohols Syndrome Disorder) Hub.
AFA Scotland brings experience of supporting practitioners and agencies from every part of Scotland and helping to shape and develop policy and practice across all the disciplines involved in working with children and those who care for them. Consultations with kinship carers over the last few years have consistently highlighted dissatisfaction with services received from agencies, and inconsistencies in practice. AFA Scotland’s participation in KCASS reflects the view that improving the knowledge and skills of practitioners and challenging attitudes that get in the way of good working relationships is a crucial part of improving the experience of kinship carers and the children they look after right across the country.
The KCASS service builds on the work already undertaken by Citizens Advice Scotland and will work as collaboratively as possible with individual kinship carers and with the well-established kinship groups across the country.
Anne Thom, Kinship Care Consultant
Great Michael House
14 Links Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ
0131 526 3240
Helpline: 0808 800 0006, open week days 10am - 2.30pm