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Getting more involved in social care

Getting more involved in social care

What is the Getting more involved in social care project?

The Getting More Involved in Social Care project is a new initiative being developed by Children in Wales. It is a three year project funded by Welsh Government, looking at supporting the health and well-being of looked after children, disabled children and young people and kinship carers.

Looked after children

Children in Wales is working with looked after children, care leavers and the professionals who support them to look at issue of health and well-being. This is a partnership project working with Voices from Care Cymru and others to develop a series of online guides that will inform young people in care of their rights under the UNCRC, key health and well-being issues as well as the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. If you would like to know more about the project or get involved with our work please contact Emma Sullivan for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Disability

This strand of the project will help disabled children and young people to feel more confident and better informed about their rights in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. The project will provide workshops for young people on participation and the importance of article 12 of the UNCRC, ‘Respect the views of the child.’ The project will work with young people to give them the information and resources they need to help other disabled children, and to train professionals on participation. For more information, please contact Danni Richards who is developing this work, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kinship care

The Getting More Involved project will also work with kinship carers to bring them together for mutual support, and provide training to give them a voice, as well as creating online resources.

Kinship care involves providing care for children who are separated from their parents, or whose parents are unable to look after them. The biggest group of kinship carers are grandparents, but it can also involve older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and other relatives, friends and neighbours. There are estimated to be 200,000 – 300,000 children living with kinship carers in the UK.

To find out about the work with kinship carers, please contact Deborah Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Health and well-being guides

Health Introduction 1

Disability? Become a trainer on participation!

The Getting more involved social care project

Kinship care

Kinship care is providing the care, protection and nurturing for children who are separated from their parents, or those whose parents are unable to provide care and support for them. A kindship carer is an adult who is looking after the child or children of a relative or friend on a full time basis.

The biggest group of kinship carers are grandparents, but there are many others including older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, more distant relatives, family friends and neighbours. This may be a permanent arrangement or temporary, formal or informal. Kinship care is probably more common than you think: there are estimated to be between 200,000 and 300,000 children living with kinship carers in the UK

Children in Wales’ Kinship Care project aims to create mutual support groups for kinship carers, including Special Guardians and kinship foster carers, across Wales, enabling them to care for the children living with them effectively.

Our kinship care support groups are small groups of carers who meet on a monthly basis. These support groups offer kinship carers the opportunity to meet, discuss and learn from others in a similar situation, the chance to offer each other emotional and practical support and help alleviate some of the isolation felt by many carers. Most groups are relatively informal and are just a place for kinship carers to get together and chat over a cup of tea. Others are more structured and play a more information giving/training role. Our kinship care support groups provide a great opportunity to kinship carers to meet other carers from their areas, to share experiences and develop new friendships.

If you would like to know more about our work with kinship carers, please contact Deborah Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..