Kinship care

Kinship care is an arrangement for a relative or close friend to provide care for a child. There are many arrangements where children are placed by their parents with family or friends without the involvement of the local authority. The support and advice that the Kinship Care Team can provide only applies to children who are:

  • Looked after and accommodated by the local authority.
  • Placed by Aberdeen City Council with kinship carers.
  • Subject to, or whose carers are considering applying for, a Kinship Care Order as outlined in Part 13 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Kinship Care Assistance (Scotland) Order 2016.

About the Kinship Care Team

The Kinship Team is based at the Quarry Centre, Cummings Park Crescent, Aberdeen. We came together as a team in November 2018 and we are currently looking into ways in which we can develop this service to support our kinship carers.

We are mindful that each person’s circumstances are unique, and you will all be at different stages of your caring role, some in the very early stages, others caring for children for many years with little professional involvement and everything in-between.  As a new dedicated kinship team however, we really want to hear from you about what works, what doesn’t and what your support needs are, this will help us in delivering and reviewing the supports and services that can be available.

What we can offer

We can offer support for kinship carers and their children such as: 

  • Training and support.
  • Support groups.
  • Advice on financial and legal matters.
  • Financial support.
  • Directing you to other support services and resources.

We can provide one to one support to: 

  • Understand and manage behaviour.
  • Understand and manage parental contact.
  • Access additional support for the child you care for.
  • Understand the role of a kinship carer and local authority procedures, such as formal meetings and care plans.
  • Identify services to promote your own mental and physical wellbeing.

We are happy to discuss any questions you may have or offer advice and guidance. Kinship carer feedback and participation is important to the Kinship Team.

Financial support

We determine kinship allowance based on the child's care circumstances. It is paid in line with age related fostering allowance rates, less any eligible child related benefits.

Formal kinship carers will not always receive a kinship allowance. However, we apply the same calculation in all cases.

Private kinship arrangements are not eligible for financial support from the local authority.

In order to calculate your payments, we will need copies of the most recent documents relating to:

  • Child Benefit award notice.
  • Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit award notice.
  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Personal Independent Payment award notice.
  • Legal order where this has been granted such as a S11 Residence Order/Kinship Care Order.

It is your responsibility to apply for any benefit related to the child or children you are caring for. Child Benefit, at the appropriate rate, will be deducted from the kinship allowance, unless there is evidence to confirm the child/children do not qualify for this benefit.

The kinship allowance is paid in advance on a fortnightly basis. We will also calculate in an additional holiday payment will highlight this when we write to you.

There are four age bands and the allowance will increase when the child moves into a higher age band. The rates for each age band are as follows:

Age band Rate
0-4 years £135.41
5-10 years £154.24
11-15 years £192.02
16-18 years


It can take between 4 and 6 weeks to process your application. We will write to you to let you know our decision about your entitlement to kinship allowance and the reasons for that decision. You will receive the letter within two weeks of us making the decision.

Useful contacts

Children 1st National Kinship Care Helpline
08000 28 22 33

Citizens Advice Bureau Kinship Care Helpline
0808 800 0006

Contact the Kinship Care Team

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