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Kinship Care Programme

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Big Hearts’ Kinship Care programme was launched in October 2015 as our first family-focused programme.


Our charity offers a range of comprehensive support to address the emotional, practical and financial challenges faced by young people and their carers.


The programme is currently supported by: The City of Edinburgh Council, The National Lottery Community Fund and The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.





During Covid-19, we continue to be there for Kinship Care families through home visits, peer support groups and one-to-one advice.


  • Dedicated Helpline to receive tailored advice & info on local support services available. Call 0131 603 4927 or email kinship@bighearts.org.uk


  • After School Club currently running via online video chat. A safe space for carers to catch up and share any challenges they face.




  • One-to-one advice & activity parcels delivered through socially distant visits from our expert staff team.


  • Home essentials grants to help with purchase of essential household items or IT equipment for homeschooling.






Kinship Care is where a child lives with a family relative full-time as their parents are unable to care for them. This can be due to ill-health, substance abuse, death etc.


Kinship Care is common in Scotland. Statistics estimate that a 1 in 3 of children currently ‘looked after’ in the country are in Kinship Care.


These placements can be arranged formally by the local authority or informally through family supporting their own. It is estimated that there are between 11,000 and 17,000 informal Kinship Care arrangements.


Due to its hidden nature, this form of care is not well known leaving families feeling isolated and under-supported.