Bromley shows appreciation for kinship carers

Published Thursday, 8 October 2020

Bromley Connected Persons and Special Guardianship Team in partnership with Grandparents Plus supports kinship carers and special guardians by providing guidance and connecting them with each other.

Kinship care is the care given to a child whose parents are unable to provide care and support. This responsibility is then taken on by a relative or friend, known as the child’s special guardian or connected person foster carer.

Kinship care week in Bromley is an opportunity to continue to raise awareness on the wide range of support available, including our therapeutic service and carer-led peer support service known as Chill & Chat.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Bromley’s services to carers have progressed virtually including various trauma informed training sessions and virtual support groups so that the team can better support carers during these unprecedented times. This time has been difficult for all carers and the team wants to thank all Kinship Carers for all they do for the children they care for.

Councillor Peter Fortune, Executive Councillor for Children and Families said, “The selflessness and care provided by family members and friends for families and children in need is nothing short of tremendous. In some of the most testing times, kinship carers provide much needed stability, security and peace of mind for parents and their children in our borough, and they deserve our thanks and gratitude. Kinship Care Week is a great opportunity and a reminder for us all to recognise their invaluable work.”

Bromley Connected Persons and Special Guardianship Team in conjunction with the Bromley THRIVE team have been hosting events this week to offer further information and support.

For more information, please see the website of our partner agency – Grandparents Plus

ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7911 or email susie.clark@bromley.gov.uk