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Kinship care

  • Children, young people and families

Kinship care is aimed at grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, close family friends or even neighbours who have offered to care for a child from their family or kinship network and the child is or has been a 'child in care' with Barnet Council.

In addition, all carers who have a residence order or special guardianship order in respect of children placed with them can also receive support.

If you telephone us, a duty social worker can take your call at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday from 9am – 5.15pm
  • Friday from 9am – 5pm

Out of hours support to carers is also available at these times on the same telephone number:

  • Monday to Friday from 6pm – 11pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9pm – 11pm.

What kind of support will I get?

We offer advice, guidance training and support to kinship carers. We are particularly keen to hear from carers to ensure what we offer is what carers want and need.

Does the child we are caring for have to remain looked after in order for us to get some support?

No, we are keen to ensure that carers feel able to access the help and support they need to apply for court orders that enable family members to care for children without the statutory involvement of the council if that is both appropriate and desirable.

Will we need to be visited and inspected by social workers?

Yes, we need to carry out an assessment of you and your family to make sure it is a suitable and safe place for the child.

Advice on legal orders

We have a team of experienced social workers and legal advisors who together can answer questions about appropriate legal orders. We will also provide details of local children’s panel solicitors who can provide advice, support and advocacy.


  • Kinship Care Team
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 6274
  • Email: fostering@barnet.gov.uk

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