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Family Rights Group is the charity in England and Wales that advises parents and other family members whose children are involved with or require children’s social care services because of welfare needs or concerns.

     

Latest News

Family Rights Group is launching at three major national conferences in February and March reports based upon new research.

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Fathers Matter conference - working with risky fathers
3rd February 2011, London

Conference on managing contact with parents and relatives:
for children living in family and friends care placements

17th February 2011, London

Conference on sibling carers: raising brothers and sisters
17th March 2011, London

 
     
 

Update on FRG's advice service for families

Many thanks to all of you who have taken up our case for continued Government funding to maintain our vital advice service. Funding for the service is still not secured, but your efforts have had an impact.

The Government has announced that they will fund a range of family services for 2 years via the telephone/ internet, including support for families where children are at risk of going into care and/or returning from care. We should hear by mid March whether or not we have been awarded a contract. 

We very much appreciate your support and we will continue to keep you updated about the service's future.

 
     
 

A cost effective way of keeping children safe - why and how to deliver family group conferences

Over 130 people turned up to the conference on why and how to deliver FGCs held by Family Rights Group in conjunction with the Office of Public Management. The event was designed to increase the use of family group conferences to safeguard children within their families and avoid unnecessary, costly care proceedings. Speakers present included Government Minister Tim Loughton MP, Judge Plumstead and young people with experience of an FGC.

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Read the reports and presentation here

     
 

Update on family and friends care

Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance, has produced a briefing and recommendations on family and friends care: raising children within their wider family as an alternative to care. The report raises specific concerns including fears about the effect of proposed Government changes to the benefits system including the cap on housing benefit.

The report recommendations include:

  • A national financial allowance for friends and family carers who care for a child as an alternative to them being taken into care, where there is professional or judicial evidence that the parents are unable to care for the child.
  • Family and friends carers who are permanently raising a child should be exempt from income support rules which currently require that if the youngest child they are looking after is aged 7 or over they must comply with specific jobseeking requirements.
  • Family and friends carers should be exempt from the proposed total cap on welfare benefits, like families caring for a disabled child.
  • Family and friends carers chould be exempt from the proposed caps on housing benefit.

We have held a meeting with officials from the Department of Work and Pensions and will be meeting Government Minister Steven Webb MP later this month to press the case.

 
     
 

New training course

A Legal & practice update for social care practitioners responsible for looked after children

For more information on our forthcoming training courses please click here.

Yorkshire family and friends care day

Fun was at the heart of the family and friends care fun day in York.

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Running places

Are you feeling a little guilty about eating too much Christmas dinner? Is your resolution to get fit and do good for Charity?

Well cast away your worries, we have the answer - sign up to run a 10k or half marathon for Family Rights Group in 2011.

Click here for more information.

 

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FRG fundraising dinner with Jon Snow

Over £1300 was raised towards Family Rights Group's campaign work, thanks to supporters who attended our fundraising dinner. A big thank you especially to news presenter and journalist Jon Snow, who was a very entertaining and thought-provoking speaker.

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Group's Chair Rita StringFellow

Forthcoming Government Consultations

Family Rights Group will be making submissions in response to the following consultation:

- Ministry of Justice Proposals for the reform of Legal Aid in England & Wales - closing date 14th February 2011.

We welcome your ideas and contributions and will post the final submissions on our website.

 

     
   
 




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