If you are a kinship carer in West Lancashire, MPs on the Kinship Care Taskforce @KinshipCarePT would like to hear from you about how you are managing during the #coronavirus crisis. Please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/covid19kinshipcare
The restrictions in place to slow down the spread of Coronavirus are undoubtedly a challenge for people of all backgrounds in every part of our country.
We know that kinship carers are particularly vulnerable in this crisis, especially given that demographically a significant number of kinship carers fall into the groups of people who are advised to shield themselves.
- Around half of kinship carers are grandparents – analysis of the 2011 census shows 51% of children in kinship care were living in households led by grandparents. A proportion of this group of people will be over the age of 70.
- Surveys have shown that across the age group, kinship carers and their children are more likely to be suffering from chronic health conditions or special needs than the wider population. In Family Rights Group’s 2019 survey, The Highs and Lows of Kinship Care, a quarter of respondents had a limiting long-term illness or disability. Half of respondents also said that one or more of the kinship children they are raising have special needs or disabilities.
- We also know that more than half of kinship carers have to give up work or reduce their working hours as a result of taking on the care of kin children. They are therefore more likely to be poorer and already in or at risk of isolation than the wider population. Analysis of the 2011 census by Dinithi Wijedasa, University of Bristol, identified that 40% of all children living in kinship care in England live in households located in the top 20% most income deprived areas in England.
In order to help the Taskforce build a picture of the impact this crisis is having on kinship carers, MPs have worked with the Family Rights Group to put together a survey to share with kinship carers at this time.