APPENDIX G: FURTHER INFORMATION
For further national information on kinship care, looked after children, care leavers, and children's rights, please review the resources listed below. This is a selection of relevant organisations and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Local kinship care groups will also be a valuable resource and local authorities should be aware of those operating within their own areas.
Action for Sick Children Scotland
Promotes and campaigns for the highest possible standards of healthcare for all our children and young people in our healthcare system which includes raising awareness of the health needs and rights of children and young people in and leaving care
Tel: 0131 553 6553
A national charity which can provide small grants for critical household items to support kinship care families where children are not looked after by a local authority.
Tel: 01505 850437
Carers Trust Scotland (formerly The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)
A UK organisation providing information, advice, discussion and support for unpaid carers.
Tel: 0141 221 5066
We help Scotland's families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. The national service provides a helpline and email service, outreach, information workshops and advice and support to kinship care families. We also work with kinship carers and local kinship care groups to support them to influence policy and practice at a national and local level.
Kinship Care Helpline: 0800 028 2233
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small.
Tel: Call free: 0800 1111
Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland
The Children and Young People's Commissioner is a person. Their job is to help you understand your rights and to make sure those rights are respected.
Young person's freephone: 0800 019 1179
Tel: 0131 346 5350
Citizens Advice Scotland Kinship Care Service
Advisers at every Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau can provide detailed advice on kinship care and can access additional specialist advice for complex cases. The kinship care advice and information service also provides support and assistance to local authorities.
Confidential Kinship Care Helpline: 0808 800 0006
Clan childlaw provides children and young people throughout Scotland with free information about the law and their rights. We provide free legal advice and representation to children and young people. We provide training and information about the law to people who work with children and young people in Scotland.
FREEPHONE: 0808 129 0522
Child Poverty Action Group ( CPAG) in Scotland
CPAG works to get a better life for low-income families in Scotland through campaigning and lobbying, and ensure they get the correct information through welfare rights work, information, training and advice line for advisers. CPAG produce an annual Children's Handbook and a series of factsheets on Kinship care and benefits. They offer free, independent, expert, up-to-date advice and information to frontline advisers and support staff in Scotland on all aspects of the benefits and tax credits system.
Tel: 0141 552 0552 (Monday to Thursday, 10am - 4pm, Friday 10am - 12 noon)
This is a Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.
Tel: 0131 222 2425
Helpline: 0845 123 2303
Families Outside is an independent charity which helps prisoners' families in Scotland through offering support and information.
Freephone: 0500 839383
Through research and working hands on with kinship families Mentor provides advice, information workshops, training and dedicated family support to carers and children while delivering training to professionals to raise awareness of kinship care. This includes a National Kinship Care Resource Guide detailing the rights, roles and responsibilities of kinship carers including details of all local kinship care support groups.
The free confidential helpline and email service for anyone caring for a child to contact about any problem, big or small. ParentLine Scotland provides support to kinship carers as part of the national Kinship Care service.
The helpline is available 7 days a week;
Tel: 0800 028 2233
Scottish Kinship Care Alliance
Scottish Kinship Carers Alliance is a campaigning body made up of Kinship Support groups from across Scotland. They are a grassroots organisation run by Kinship Carers, formed to campaign for basic rights and justice for the vulnerable children in their care.
Scottish Child Law Centre
An independent charity which promotes knowledge and use of Scots law and children's rights for the benefit of children and young people in Scotland.
Freephone for under 18s: 0800 328 8970
Tel: 0131 667 6333
Text: text ' SCLC' and your question to 80800
Scottish Families Affected by Drugs
A national charity that provides advice and information to families across Scotland who are affected by drug misuse.
Tel: 0141 221 0544
Helpline: 08080 10 10 11
Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares Scotland is a voluntary organisation working with and for care experienced children and young people.
Tel: 0141 226 4441
Offers information for 12-16 year olds; includes arts, jobs and careers, housing, sport and leisure.
Infoline: 0808 801 0338 (Mon to Fri 10am - 6pm)
Text: 'callback' to 07781 484 317