Lucy Peake on the value of kinship care and Steven Walker on politicians’ indifference to the plight of children. Plus letters by June O’Sullivan and Megan Jarvie
If the English children’s services system is a “tower of Jenga held together by Sellotape” (Children’s services in England shaky as Jenga tower, says review lead, 17 June), then kinship carers and the children they care for are the blocks that have already toppled off the sides.
For too long, kinship care has been marginalised by policymakers and treated as the poor relation to adoption. Yet evidence tells us that well-supported kinship care offers continuity, stability and the preservation of important family bonds, the very same basic obligation to children that the independent review of children’s social care report outlines.