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Kinship carers in Scottish Parliament protest over 'discrimination'

Campaigners say new Scottish Government measures do not support kinship carers.

Children: Kinship carers include grandparents who care for youngsters.
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Campaigners protested outside the Scottish Parliament against legislation they claim discriminates between kinship and foster children.

Around 40 kinship carers and their supporters came to Edinburgh to try and stop plans for kinship Care in the proposed in the Children and Young People Act, which campaigners claim will maintain and even increase the differential treatment of children in foster care and kinship care with comparable needs.

Kinship carers are often a relative or family friend who takes care of a child when their parents are unable to do so.

And now kinship carers are demanding they receive the same support as those in foster care.

Margaret Martin from the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance said: "We want them to listen to us. We're not asking for a lot, we're asking for basic support so that our children can grow up healthy and happy."

Scottish government denied discriminating and said they are bringing in a number of measures to support kinship carers.

Minister for children and young people Aileen Campbell said: "This is additional support, and that might not necessarily mean financial support, it could mean counselling it could mean therapeutic support that kinship carers tell us that they need.

"We are also doing a number of other things aside from the legislation to make sure we can do what we can to support kinship carers."

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