Date lodged: 3 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that the number of such carers has doubled over the last 10 years, what support it provides to kinship carers who offer accommodation and support to looked-after children.
Answered by: Maree Todd 1 May 2018
The Scottish Government does not collect information about the number of kinship carers however we do hold figures for the number of children who are looked after in kinship care, which between 2007 and 2017 has risen from 2094 to 4138.
We recognise the important role played by kinship carers in providing secure, stable and nurturing homes for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents. The Scottish Government is providing local authorities with an additional £10.1 million per annum, to ensure kinship carers receive the same allowance as foster carers in their area. Funding has also been provided to a number of other organisations, including Citizens Advice Scotland to deliver the Kinship Care – Advice Service for Scotland and Mentor UK to provide an enhanced service which meets the changing needs of kinship carers across Scotland.