FRG logo

Welcome to Family Rights Group’s October 2017 Newsletter


In this edition, you will find details of Family Rights Group's latest job opportunities, campaigns and news.


Job opportunities
Kinship campaign activities
Lifelong Links update
Get active
New resources


New Job Opportunities

21 hours per week over three days
NJC scale PO4 £36,379 - £39,177 pro rata
Closing date: noon, Monday 23rd October 2017
Posts: full time (3 year contract) and a
10.5 hours per week (15 months contract)
SCP Grade 8 £36,536 to £39,940 pro rata 
Closing date: 5pm, Friday 27th October 2017

For more information and to apply click here.


Kinship Care



There are around 200,000 children being raised by kinship carers across the UK. Kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) are grandparents, older siblings and other relatives and friends who step in to care for children, many of whom would otherwise be in the care system.

  Sign and promote the petition to exempt all kinship care households from the two child restriction on child tax credit

You may recall that following our lobbying campaign, the Government agreed to exempt kinship carers, taking on children who might otherwise be in care, from the two child restriction on child tax credit. However, the way the Regulations have now been written means a kinship carer will be hit if they are raising two kin children and then go on to have their own baby. You can listen to a sibling carer who has been penalised by the rules, which came into force in April 2017 ​here or read this article by Patrick Butler in the Guardian. As part of the campaign to get this injustice overturned, we have organised a petition and Melanie Onn MP has secured a parliamentary debate next Tuesday, 17th October. Please sign and share this petition in order to show the Government the level of concern.
  Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus, on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, have drawn up a survey for kinship carers to complete. It focuses on the financial implications of being a kinship carer, including whether carers have been affected by recent welfare reforms. The survey responses will provide important information that will inform the policy and campaign work of the Kinship Care Alliance. If you are a kinship carer, please fill it in, and can everybody please help promote the survey to kinship carers. 

Lifelong Links is now underway!


Cathy Ashley Lifelong Links Exchange

Lifelong Links is a new approach in the UK which aims to build lasting relationships for children in care. ​

Family Rights Group is leading a three year trial of Lifelong Links in seven authorities in England (Coventry, Devon, Hertfordshire, Kent, North Yorkshire, London Boroughs of Camden and Southwark) and two in Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow). Lifelong Links will be rolled out in West Lothian in year two of the trial and will be independently evaluated. 
50 Lifelong Link co-ordinators from the trial sites have now been trained and Family Rights Group held the first learning exchange event for co-ordinators last month. To find out more about Lifelong Links including the trial click here.

Get active for Family Rights Group!



Thank you to our kind supporters who chose to participate in various sporting activities over the year for Family Rights Group. All funds raised will go towards helping us to continue to provide advice and run projects to keep children safe in their families.
If you'd like to get involved with any future sporting or challenge events, please contact Cathy Ashley,

New Online Practitioners' Forum


DV Forum


New on-line practitioners’ forum for domestic violence workers and social workers in London

This new discussion board has been set up specifically for domestic violence workers and social workers in London working with families with children. The board will enable practitioners to share and learn from each other’s experiences when there are child welfare concerns, to comment on the latest research, law or guidance, highlight new developments and discuss practice dilemmas.  We are grateful to Trust for London and the Noel Buxton Trust for funding this initiative.​


Initial family and friends care guide




The guide sets out best practice as to how initial family and friends care assessments, commonly known as viability assessments should be conducted. These assessments are increasingly being used by local authorities to decide whether a family member of friend might be a potentially realistic option to raise a child who cannot live safely with their parents.

The guide can be downloaded here.


Cooperation or coercion?


cooperation or coercion

This report is the conclusion of the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance Knowledge Inquiry on section 20 voluntary arrangements for children coming into the care system. Section 20 is the route by which a child can come in the care system without there being court proceedings.​​

Young Parents' Advice website


flier for practitioners working with young parents 2



HELPLINE: 0808 801 0366


Non-Profits Email Free with VerticalResponse!