Penmans Solicitors Offices in Coventry, Kenilworth, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire

Home > Blog > Sibling Contact

Sibling Contact

23rd April 2018

The relationship you have with your brother or sister (sibling) is likely to be one of the most long lasting relationships you experience during your lifetime since in all probability, you will each outlive your parents.  Many people who have siblings will acknowledge the strength of that relationship, and its enduring quality, even though siblings of course fall out on occasions!

It is therefore most disturbing to read the most recent report regarding siblings entering the care system, who are often separated for a variety of reasons.  The report follows a Freedom of Information request by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme which revealed that more than 5,000 siblings have been separated.

This may be as basic as that there is simply not a placement large enough to take all of the siblings.  Sometimes however children have specific and competing needs, which means that they need to be placed apart from their sibling, so that those needs can be properly addressed.

Within the context of care proceedings, separation of siblings is considered an extremely serious matter and only to be undertaken following very careful consideration.

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to promote contact between “looked after” child (i.e. a child in the care system) and his or her family, including sibling and half siblings.

In cases where children cannot return home and, for whatever reason, cannot be placed together in an alternate placement, then consideration is usually given to the possibility of on-going sibling contact. This can be a vital link to maintaining the child’s identity, and also a means to reassure the child that his or her siblings are being cared for appropriately.

For more information contact:


Share this story

Back to listing

Penmans Office Locations


17a Queens Road



Tel: 024 7622 6575


30-32 Warwick Road



Tel: 01926 858222


The Precinct


CV35 9NL

Tel: 01789 470022
  • Cutting out single use plastic

    18th October 2019

    Committed to reducing our carbon footprint! Did you know, plastic water bottles are one of the most common, yet unnecessary,


  • Alzheimers Awareness Month

    26th September 2019

    September – Alzheimer’s Awareness Month A worldwide campaign was started in September 2012 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, and this


  • Criminal Legal Aid

    19th August 2019

    Criminal Legal Aid – do you qualify? Police Station Interviews Anyone who is interviewed by the Police under caution, is


  • Great Wall of China

    22nd May 2019

    Good wishes go from the whole firm to Stephanie Eaton from our Wellesbourne office.  Together with 28 other fundraisers she will