Contact between brothers and sisters following care proceedings can often be disjointed – and at worst, non-existent, particularly where different arrangements are in place for different children from a family group as agreed by the court. In practice, much depends on the willingness of the adults involved to facilitate contact that is agreed – and this can often fall down, particularly as time goes on. The rise of social media has also changed the experience of ‘contact’ for many young people leaving them vulnerable to approaches outside the systems set up through their care plan.
We’ve been working primarily with the National Adoption Service to create a factsheet for children and young people to explain the legal position relating to contact between brothers and sisters. The factsheet is also available in Welsh