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 local authorities’ responsibilities in relation to kinship care assistance and 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 universal credit

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