Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today welcomed The Department for Education’s decision to revise the School Admissions Code in order to support more children in kinship care to access a school place during the school year. The new code will apply from September 2021.

Under the revised Fair Access Protocol, children being raised by kinship carers under a legal order, who struggle to get a school place during the year, will be supported to secure one.

The change follows concerns raised last year by the cross-party Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, that some children being raised by relatives or friends, particularly those children who are not and have not been in the care system, are missing out on vital support to secure an appropriate school place.

There are more than 180,000 children across the UK raised in kinship care – by relatives, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers or sisters or family friends who step in to raise children who cannot safely live with their parents.

The new provision applies to children raised by a kinship carer under a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order. It also applies to children in the care system.

The charity Family Rights Group provides the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care and was secretariat to the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care.

Andrew Gwynne MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care, has welcomed the change:

“This change to the School Admissions Code now recognises that children raised in kinship care may need extra support to secure a school place.

 

“I’m pleased the government have listened to the concerns we raised through the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care.

 

“When a child comes to live with a kinship carer, when they can no longer remain at home, it is often in an emergency situation and it can be a struggle to arrange an appropriate school place that best meets their needs. The carer may also need to manage this alongside the needs of their own children. This important change should help make the practicalities of day-to-day life for kinship carers easier.

 

“However, we continue to encourage the government to go further to ensure support is not limited by legal order and that children in kinship care are eligible for the same rights to priority school admissions as looked after and previously looked after children.”

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