TEN years of supporting family members who care for children after tragedy were marked at The Guildhall.

Worcester-based charity Kinship Carers UK celebrated its 10th anniversary with a reception attended by the mayor and mayoress cllrs Stephen and Lucy Hodgson.

Kinship Carers UK offers support and guidance to grandparents and other family members who find themselves looking after babies, children and young people.

Often it is at a moment’s notice because of tragedy or trauma that leaves birth parents unable to look after their own children.

The event was hosted by Clare Whittaker, a family solicitor with Harrison Clark Rickerby and trustee of Kinship Carers UK.

She spoke about the legal and financial hurdles kinship carers often face and paid tribute to the work of Enza Smith MBE, the chief executive of Kinship Carers UK.

She is a kinship carer herself and set up the charity ten years ago with a network of support groups and telephone advice throughout Worcestershire and beyond.

In the past ten years Kinship Carers UK has supported over 750 kinship families.

Joy Squires, a former city councillor who became a trustee of Kinship Carers UK in 2015, also paid tribute to Enza Smith MBE.

In particular, she congratulated her for the work she has done raising awareness amongst MPs and in helping set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care at Westminster which now ensures that the voice of kinship carers and kinship children is taken into account in legislation.

Joy ended with a plea to decision makers on local councils and at Parliament to consider kinship families in their policies and legislation.