Family and friends play a unique role in enabling children and young people to remain with people who they know and trust if they cannot, for whatever reason, live with their parents.

Many children who live in family and friends care do well in life, but others need help and support to do the best they can. Many family and friends carers both want and need support to enable them to meet the needs of the children they care for.

The government has therefore asked us to develop a Family and Friends Care Policy to show how we will assess and provide help to family and friends who become carers for children who cannot live with their birth parents.