An accreditation framework for FGC projects
Family Rights Group is convening a development group made up of family group conference projects across the country, to develop and trial an accreditation scheme for FGC projects, to ensure high, consistent standards. The group is chaired by Dr Louise Brown. We will also be interviewing judges, local authority commissioners, young people and families as part of this work.
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Welfare Reform Bill
Cathy Ashley, CE of Family Rights Group gave a presentation on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance to interested peers on the potentially severe impact of measures in the Welfare Reform Bill on some family and friends carers, including the effect of the benefit cap. There was considerable concern from peers, who we will be working with Family Rights Group and the Kinship Care Alliance to propose amendments to the Bill.
Family Rights Group is also supporting the Children's Society led petition on opposing substantial cuts to welfare support for disabled children under the Universal Credit. The new system, proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill will result in many of these children losing up to £1400 per year compared to the current system - by the time a disabled child reaches 16, this could cost the family £22,000. In total the Government estimates that 100,000 disabled children would lose out under this change - other estimates suggest the number could be considerably higher. Please click here to sign the petition.
Parliamentary working group on family and friends care
We are setting up, on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, a working group of MPs and Peers on family and friends care. Be sure to encourage your MP to join the group – they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Family and friends care policies – must be in place by 30th September
As a result of considerable lobbying by Family Rights Group, new families and friends care guidance was issued by Government, which requires local authorities to have a policy in place by 30 th September for all children being raised in family and friends care. Keep an eye on our website - we are putting links to authorities' policies as they are published and are particularly interested in those who are leading on best practice. So if you work for a local authority, please do email your policy or weblink to email@example.com.