New regulations came into force on 1 April 2016. In some cases a child under 16 may be able to apply for kinship care assistance. 

The kinship care allowance is likely to be available for some kinship carers of children who are not 'looked after' as well as kinship carers of 'looked after' children. Other kinship carers of 'non-looked' after children may be able to get other types of assistance.

Contact your nearest CAB - where to get advice. If you can’t get to a CAB, call the confidential Kinship Care helpline on 0808 800 0006. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.