Date lodged: 13 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making toward providing a national kinship care advice service.
Answered by: Maree Todd 14 November 2017
I am pleased to advise Parliament that the contract for the new National Kinship Care Advice Service has been awarded following a tender process to Citizens Advice Scotland. The new national service will be delivered across Scotland, with advice and information available from every Citizens Advice Bureau, supported by four Regional Officers delivering specialist advice, to address more complex circumstances. Advice and information will also be available from the Kinship Care Helpline, the Citizens Advice Scotland website and the dedicated Kinship Care Service website.
Citizens Advice Scotland will work in partnership with Mentor UK in the delivery of the service, supporting the Mentor UK Kinship Care Guide and Website, and with Child Poverty Action Group Scotland which will continue to provide expert help, training and reference materials.