SB 16-87 Kinship Care


Recent legislation has made adjustments to the legal framework for kinship care, and new regulations set out new forms of assistance and allowances. This briefing provides an overview of kinship care. It uses Census information and Scottish Government statistics to estimate the numbers of ‘looked after’ and ‘non-looked after’ children in kinship care. It sets out the different requirements for local authority assistance and briefly looks at the effect this has on social security benefits.

This briefing updates SPICe Briefings SB 12/05 and SB 08/03 and states the law as at April 2016.

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Published: 04 November 2016 

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