Kinship care, looked-after children and the benefits system

This course looks at benefit issues where there is social work involvement with a child and their family. It covers kinship care and children looked after by the local authority away from home or away from birth parents eg, in a residential unit or with foster carers.

It provides an opportunity to consider the implications of recent changes in kinship care assistance and look at the new Scottish Government guidance, Support for Kinship Care. Participants will also have a chance to look at what universal credit means for kinship carers and for local authorities.

The course covers:

  • Benefit and tax credit rules for kinship carers
  • What happens to family benefits when a child is looked after by the local authority away from their birth parents
  • How to help families avoid overpayments and underpayments
  • The impact of welfare reform

This course is ideal for advisers and others such as social workers, who are supporting children, families and young people in these situations.

"I now feel very confident in supporting people."