Connected persons (family and friends)
What is a connected person care?
This is when a child/young person who is ‘looked after’ by the local authority is placed with a family member/s (other than a parent) or a friend who knows the child very well by the directorate of children’s services.
A child/young person is described as ‘looked after’ if they are accommodated by the local authority under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 or are subject to an Interim or full Care Order issued by the court.
Who are connected persons?
Connected persons can be:
How do I become a connected person?
If a child becomes ‘looked after’ by the directorate of children’s services, its allocated social worker would explore whether the child could be placed within its family or with someone well known to the child. If a family member or friend wanted to care for the child the social worker would need to assess whether this was a safe and suitable placement and in the best interests of the child.
The assessment process
What happens if I have been approved as a connected person?
Once it has been agreed that you can be approved; you will be sent a formal letter telling you that you are approved as a family and friends carer. This letter will name the children you are approved to carer for.
The role of the social worker for the child/young person in your care
The child will have a social worker who will visit him/her at least 6 weekly to monitor their progress. This worker will also organise looked after (LAC) child reviews and work with other professionals such as teachers and health workers to ensure the child’s welfare needs are met.
What payments do I receive?
Connected persons receive a weekly allowance. The amount of allowance paid depends on the child’s age.
Connected persons who receive a fostering allowance are not entitled to claim Income Support or Child Benefit for the child/young person in their care.
If you claim Income Support for yourself and your family, this will not be affected by being a connected persons. Job Seeker’s Allowance however, may be affected.
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