Your Family Your Voice: Growing up with relatives or Friends

20th October 2015

Informal kinship care arrangements have created an invisible population who have little contact with local authorities. We commissioned two reports, researched by the University of Bristol and funded by the Big Lottery that together aimed to quantify and examine the circumstances where children are being brought up by relatives or friends through an informal arrangement.

Spotlight on Kinship Care

The report is the first to ever give an accurate picture of how many children are living with kinship carers in the UK.


A summary is also available


The Poor Relations

For the first time, a comprehensive study of the circumstances, experiences and challenges of children and their informal kinship carers group by interviewing children and their carers as part of the study.


A summary is also available


The summary is also available in Welsh


Buttle UK are grateful to the following for their support of this project: 

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