Merseyside Youth Association

Kinship Kids

A kinship kid is someone who cannot live with their birth parents, so they’re looked after by extended family members or others with whom they have a relationship. Most kinship carers are related to the children they look after, and the majority are grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings or other family members.

Liverpool CAMHS asked us to create a very simple animation to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles kinship children, and their kinship families face on a daily basis.

The aim of this animation is to highlight these issues, that affect an estimated 180,000 children in the UK. Many of these children are overlooked in society and experience challenging situations on a daily basis: bullying, shame, stigma and emotional distress but with the right training, understanding and support, these children can live happy and fulfilled lives.

We worked with the team at Merseyside Youth Association and Kinship Carers, an organisation that supports kinship families, to develop the animation. Young people shared their own experiences of being a kinkid and together we wrote the script which was then voiced over by the young people themselves. A real collaborative approach.

Want to find out more?

We’ve been doing this for 20 years, working with clients like BBC, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Universty Press, Medical Aid Films and Friend. Your animation projects will be in good hands with Alternative View Studios.

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