On 28 November 2012, Jacquie Williamson, 2011 Clore Social Fellow published her research report, We are family. The report, subtitled Key messages for Kinship Care in Northern Ireland was launched at a well-attended event at the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Speakers at the launch included Councillor Kevin Campbell, Mayor of Derry; Councillor April Garfield-Kidd and Pat Armstrong of the Western Health & Social Care Trust. These speakers were joined by Leon Clowes, who talked eloquently about being adopted by his grandparents, and three kinship carers Patrick Hosey, Fionnula Harbinson and Susan Craig who shared their compelling stories of caring.
The research is the culmination of Jacquie’s Clore Social Fellowship, bringing together her knowledge, experience and extensive connections in the field of ‘kinship care’. The report makes a number of robust recommendations for future funding and support for kinship carers in Northern, and was described as a “timely contribution” by Pat Armstrong of the Western Health & Social Care Trust.
To read the recommendations, and the report in full click here
To view photos from the launch click here
As part of her practice-based research for the Fellowship, Jacqueline has produced the following three policy briefs.
Click below to read the policy briefs:
Is all fair in Kinship Care
Moving forward with Kinship Care in Northern Ireland
Policy brief strengthening and supporting Kinship Care