Please complete the Online Survey here: https://response.questback.com/scottishgovernment/surveyofcareallowances
Survey will close on Tuesday 22 May
The Scottish Government has brought together a group of experts to review foster, kinship and adoption allowances and in doing so, to consider what the 'core allowance' that looked after children and young people in foster and kinship care could include.The Scottish Government has brought together a group of experts to review foster, kinship and adoption allowances and in doing so, to consider what the 'core allowance' that looked after children and young people in foster and kinship care could include.
The approach is centred on the needs of a child and their right to have the support they need to realise their potential. The allowance is separate from any fees or skills payments made to foster carers.
The supporting Guidance on the Looked After Children (Scotland) regulations 2009 states that foster carers are charged with providing not just basic care but optimum care for looked after children. The Regulations sets out expectations that allowances should cover:
- a healthy diet and good physical care;
- opportunities for stimulation and exercise;
- development of social skills and participation in activities in the community;
- building self-esteem, including good presentation and acceptability by peers;
- a safe and comfortable environment;
- full inclusion in special celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas or other cultural or religious events and promoting and developing educational opportunities
Local authorities have a statutory duty to have clear and accessible policies to reflect foster and kinship allowances. These allowances should be able to meet the expectations detailed above.
Looked after children with disabilities and or additional support needs will receive the support and entitlements of any child with a disability or additional support need, and in line with Corporate Parenting legislation and guidance.
The aim of this survey is to gather the views of carers, local authorities and providers on the principles of a core allowance. The results will be used only for the purposes of providing evidence to the review group to help develop policy recommendations. Your response is strictly confidential. The survey is being run by the Scottish Government. Our reporting of survey results will make sure that no one taking part can be identified.
Please skip any questions you do not wish to answer and you can stop the survey at any time.