Monthly Archives: June 2014

Kinship care demo tells SNP to stop dicriminating against vulnerable children

kinship demo june 2014Around 40 kinship carers and their supporters from across the Scottish regions descended on the Scottish Parliament today chanting and singing loudly. They held banners and placards telling the SNP government to stop their plans for Kinship Care in the proposed in the Children and Young People Act, which the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance claim will maintain and even increase the differential treatment of children in foster care and kinship care with comparable needs. The angry group of kinship carers from the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance questioned the SNP government’s commitment to ‘make Scotland the best place for children to grow up’, claiming that the vulnerable children in their care are discriminated against and under-supported. Other placards stated that discrimination between foster and kinship children is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, met with a delegation from the Alliance on Thursday evening to hear their concerns but did not promise any changes to the legislation which is being developed, angering the Alliance further.

See the coverage:    STV Kinship carers in Scottish Parliament protest over ‘discrimination’

Evening Times Kinship carers stage protest at Holyrood

Daily Record Scottish  Kinship Care Alliance protest against Children and Young People Act at Holyrood

kinship demo june 2014Scottish Kinship Care Alliance Chair and kinship carer Anne Swartz said,

 

The Scottish Government claim they are ‘getting it right for every child’ but kinship children remain stigmatised and discriminated against. This is a wake up call to the SNP to stop trying to limit support in the Children and Young People Act, put serious finances behind kinship care, and make Scotland truly the best place for vulnerable children to grow up.”

 

 

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Kinship carers demonstrate against new Act at Scottish Parliament 20th June

Feb 19th parliament demoPlease join Kinship Carers from across Scotland outside the Scottish Parliament on Friday 20th June at midday to tell the Scottish Government to stop their plans to continue discrimination against children in kinship care in the new Children and Young People Act.

Please be there in your numbers with placards and banners and loud voices!

We will be telling the Scottish Government:
– to stop discriminating between children in kinship care and foster care in the new Children and Young People Act.

- to stop plans to reduce, or fail to increase basic support services and financial allowances for kinship children in poverty and affected by trauma in the new Act.
- that this discrimination is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, articles 8 and 14.
 - that ALL children in kinship care should be treated the same as comparable children in foster care with the same access to services and support.

Our full response to the Scottish Government’s Secondary Legislation can be seen here. We will be highlighting these points at the demonstration.

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