We are now currently accepting applications for our third Relative Matters course, staring in October 2022, which offers practitioners a unique opportunity to develop their knowledge and practice in the area of kinship care. Aimed at social workers and managers working in children and families, kinship care and family placement settings, the course follows the journey of the child from the early identification of concerns, parenting capacity and the journey to stability, along with the assessment and support needs of their carers. The latest findings from research and practice, as well as the legal framework in Scotland are covered in depth. The course is validated by Strathclyde University at MSc level and attracts an award of 60 credits (postgraduate certificate) which can be taken forward for further study.

Previous students of the course have commented:

The module has encouraged me to read an array of research, reports and articles in the area of permanence planning for children specifically in Kinship Care which has been extremely informative and has helped me update my knowledge of current themes and reoccurring issues in this area.”

I’ve had the opportunity to apply this research (brain development, attachment, contact) to the field of kinship care, raising my awareness in the importance of knowing what a child’s needs are and what this means for a kinship carer in terms of the level of support that is required.”

The question and answer session with a kinship carer was really useful – giving us an insight into how things are for the carers.”

For further information about this course, please see our training and events section of the website, or contact